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OSU Softball: Cowgirls Start Regional with 6-0 Victory against Northern Colorado

The Cowgirls were an out away from a perfect game … again.



[Devin Wilber/PFB]


STILLWATER — The Cowgirls were oh, so nearly perfect in their NCAA Regional opener on Friday night at Cowgirl Stadium.

Oklahoma State was an out away from a perfect game in its 6-0 victory against Northern Colorado, but the Bears pulled off a pair of hits when down to their final out. Funnily enough, it was the second straight NCAA Tournament game held in Cowgirl Stadium where OSU was an out away from being perfect, as Oregon came up with a pair of hits in the Super Regional last season when the Ducks were down to their final out.

“Good softball game,” OSU coach Kenny Gajewski said. “Good to see us just rebound, play a clean game. Really happy with the way we played after having like eight days off. I thought Lexi (Kilfoyl) was incredible, to be very honest. I didn’t think they really had a chance to hit her. Ivy (Rosenberry) was really good as well. We gave up those two infield hits late, so that was kinda tough.”

Lexi Kilfoyl started in the circle for the Cowgirls and threw five perfect innings. She retired the 15 batters she faced with 62 pitches, forcing 11 groundouts, three flyouts and striking out one.

“The plan was to get her like two [innings] and score about nine or 10 runs and get her out,” Gajewski said. “We didn’t want to go more than five, to be very honest. Her pitch count was real low.

“She’ll be able to bounce back the next two days just fine and do what she needs.”

Kilfoyl made way for Ivy Rosenberry in the sixth. Playing with a fractured rib, Rosenberry threw the final two innings, giving up the pair of hits — both infield singles to second base — before finishing the Bears with a strikeout.

Speaking of second base, freshman Rosie Davis made an instant impact in her NCAA Regional debut. Out of Readyville, Tennessee, Davis went 3-for-3 at the dish with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. She got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, as she ripped a ball off the center-field wall. It resulted in a double and scored Caroline Wang.

Davis got back to the dish in the third and sent a ball back up to Northern Colorado pitcher Erin Caviness. Caviness couldn’t quite corral it, as it spurted out to short. Davis was safe at first, and Tallen Edwards scored from third, making it 3-0 to Cowgirls.

“When I got to second base on that first one, I was smiling really big,” Davis said. “Then I felt like I just got more and more comfortable as the game went on.”

The run sandwiched between Davis’ RBIs came off Jilyen Poullard’s bat. Poullard launched a ball into the deck beyond the wall in left-center. It was a solo shot and her ninth as an OSU Cowgirl after transferring from McNeese. It was Poullard’s fifth home run in six games.

Poullard wasn’t done bringing in runs, though. She nearly made it six home runs in six games in the sixth inning when she hit another ball to left-center. It was originally ruled a home run, but after review, it was determined it hit the top of the wall, resulting in a double. Two runs still scored, giving OSU its 6-0 lead.

“I’m just trying to focus moreso on contact point,” Poullard said. “I think the craziest thing about it is you work on swinging so much and not so much on actually focusing on hitting. I think we get caught up in taking swings and swings and swings, but until you actually lock in on where you’re making contact, you’re not actually getting better.”

The Cowgirls are back at it at noon Saturday with a game against Kentucky. The Wildcats beat Michigan on Friday via walk off to advance.

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