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OSU Softball: Cowgirls Use Five Home Runs to Avoid Upset to Stetson

OSU needed a comeback to escape an upset.

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[Devin Wilber/PFB]

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The Cowgirls needed the perfect mix of long balls and shutdown pitching to avoid an upset in Florida.

Oklahoma State used five home runs and five scoreless innings to come back and beat Stetson 11-6 on Wednesday in the Cowgirls’ fifth game of the season in the state of Florida. It would have been a devastating upset for the Cowgirls, as they improved to 8-2 while Stetson dropped to 2-8.

Down 6-2 after the second inning, Ivy Rosenberry entered the game and shut down Stetson while her offense executed the comeback. The resurgence started in the top of the third when Tallen Edwards homered over the right-field wall at Patricia Wilson Field. Edwards’ bomb cut the deficit in half, but the Cowgirls didn’t really get going until late in the game while Rosenberry kept Stetson in place.

OSU exploded for six runs in the sixth inning to take a lead it wouldn’t lose. The inning featured a pair of homers, including a two-run shot from Micaela Wark that tied the game before Jilyen Poullard’s three-run blast gave OSU the lead for good. It was Poullard’s first home run as a Cowgirl since transferring from McNeese this past offseason.

Caroline Wang added on two more for OSU in the seventh with another two-run homer. Rosie Davis also homered over the center-field wall in the second inning.

Although home runs tend to steal the show, Rosenberry was intricate in the Cowgirls’ comeback, striking out nine and giving up only three hits while shutting out Stetson to get the win.

Things only get more challenging for the Cowgirls, though, after fighting off the upset. OSU will play a top-10 team in Washington at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Tampa, Florida.

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