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OSU Softball: Cowgirls Secure Bedlam Series Win with 6-2 Victory against Sooners

The Cowgirls sent another four balls out of the park.



[Devin Wilber/PFB]

A lengthy rain delay was only able to cool the Cowgirls’ bats for so long.

Oklahoma State secured a Bedlam series win on Saturday with a 6-2 victory against Oklahoma at Love’s Field. It marks this first time the Cowgirls have won back-to-back games against OU since 2010, and OSU did it with the long ball.

After hitting three home runs Friday night, the Cowgirls crushed another four on Saturday — each more timely than the one before.

The Sooners took a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning before transfer catcher Caroline Wang went yard to left to tie the game. It was her team-leading 17th of the season.

The Cowgirl defense got in a jam in the bottom of the fifth, where Lexi Kilfoyl walked in a run, which gave OU the lead back at 2-1. Kilfoyl secured a clutch strikeout to leave the bases loaded, however.

Then came the sixth — where OSU busted it open.

The five-run inning started with Claire Timm ripping the first pitch of the inning over the right-field fence. It was Timm’s eighth home run of the season.

Micaela Wark was next up, and she sprayed a ball over the left-field fence to give OSU the lead. It was her second home run of the series after nuking a ball to straightaway center on Friday night. Wark now has double-digit home runs this season.

Wark’s home run ended OU starter Nicole May’s day, bringing on former Cowgirl Kelly Maxwell.

Maxwell hit Lexi McDonald with an 0-2 pitch before Megan Bloodworth put down a beauty of a bunt to get to first and push McDonald to second.

That brought up Jilyen Poullard, who hit a big home run on Friday night, but to that point Saturday, she had struck out in all three of her at-bats. Poullard got down 0-2 before watching two balls fly by. She then lined a ball to left that narrowly cleared the fence and put the Cowgirls up 6-2.

For as good as the Cowgirl hitters were, the OSU pitching staff has been lights out in Norman thus far. After Kyra Aycock and Kilfoyl allowed only three hits among OU’s 32 Friday batters, OU mustered only five hits on Saturday — half as many as OSU.

Ivy Rosenberry started in the circle Saturday. A senior who started her career at Virginia Tech, Rosenberry went four innings, where she struck out four batters and gave up three hits and one run while walking two. She then made way for Kilfoyl, who picked up win No. 21 on the year. Kilfoyl threw three innings, giving up one run and two hits while walking two and striking out three.

Saturday’s Cowgirl win pulls OSU even with the Sooners in the Big 12 standings at 21-5. Going into Sunday — the final day of the regular season — both schools are a game back of 22-4 Texas. If the Longhorns beat Texas Tech, which they’ve been doing handily this week, they’ll win the Big 12. But an OSU win and a Texas loss would tie the teams atop the Big 12, and OSU won its series against the Longhorns earlier this season.

The Cowgirls have a chance at a series sweep at 3 p.m. Sunday. OSU hasn’t won three softball games in a row against the Sooners since 1995.

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