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OSU Softball: No. 2 Cowgirls Secure Series Win against No. 20 Baylor with 5-0 Victory

Lexi Kilfoyl dominated in the circle, and Rachel Becker extended her on-base streak.



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STILLWATER — The Cowgirls had a celebrity throw out a ceremonial first pitch Saturday, and as impressive as it was, it wasn’t as impressive as what Lexi Kilfoyl did in the circle.

James Droz has more than a million followers on TikTok, growing fame from his “What happened?” videos, but after his first pitch, he made way for Lexi Kilfoyl, who went to work. In Oklahoma State’s 5-0 win against No. 20 on Saturday, Kilyfoyl threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just a single hit while striking out six.

“It’s that drop ball — it’s like a bowling ball when it comes in,” OSU coach Kenny Gajewski said. “Imagine trying to hit a bowling ball with one of those bats. When it’s going down good, it’s really hard on ya. And she can throw that changeup. She can spot it up. She’s working on some other stuff. This is who she is.”

The one hit Kilfoyl did give up was the first batter she faced. It was a ball that second baseman Rachel Becker couldn’t quite handle that ended up being ruled and infield single, but no one would’ve put up too much a fuss if it was called an error.

The win secures the series for the Cowgirls after OSU beat Baylor 6-5 in 11 innings on Friday night.

Kilfoyl’s ERA drops to a team-best 1.40 as she advances to 8-1 in her first year after transferring from Alabama.

She got run support early. Becker hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the first, and Tallen Edwards doubled off the wall in center to put runners on second and third with no outs for Kiley Naomi. Naomi grounded a ball in the infield but an errant throw kept her safe and allowed two runs to score.

After three innings of dueling pitchers, OSU got back on the board in the bottom of the fifth with the leadoff tandem of Becker and Edwards doing work again. Among the nation’s best in on-base percentage, Becker drew a one-out walk before Edwards hit her second double of the day in nearly the same spot as her first. The second one was enough to score Becker.

Naomi had an infield single that put runners on the corners. Micaela Wark hit a single to left that scored Edwards and put Naomi on third. Angelina Craig came on as a pinch runner for Wark, and Craig attempted to steal second but was thrown out. But in that play, Naomi dashed home from third to make it 5-0.

Edwards should be a senior in high school, but she reclassified to get to Stillwater a year early. She went 2-for-3 Saturday with the two doubles and two runs scored. She’s hitting .375 on the season with 18 RBIs and 26 runs scored.

“It’s been awesome to be honest,” Edwards said. “I was getting a little bored in high school. There’s a lot of things that I had already done and been through. I was ready for something new. When I got to come in here and get new opportunities and meet new people, it was just something that I really wanted to do. It’s been it’s been amazing.”

Becker got on base twice with a hit and a walk, extending her on-base streak to 30 games. She is hitting .525 and has an equally ridiculous .648 on-base percentage.

The Cowgirls will look for a series sweep against the Bears at noon Sunday.

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