Thanks to two wins on Friday, the Oklahoma State Cowgirls will get another shot at a Big 12 title against Oklahoma on Saturday in the Big 12 Championship Game.
OSU opened the tournament Friday morning at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City with a 2-1 win over 16th-ranked Baylor. They followed that up with a blowout, 10-0 victory over Iowa State in the afternoon.
The Cowgirls came into the tournament as the No. 3 seed, after getting edged out of the No. 2 seed by one game by Baylor. In the morning game, the Cowgirls got some revenge against the Bears thanks to another great pitching performance performance out of Brandi Needam (19-8). Her stat line after the win: 7 IP, 8 hits, 1 run, 3 Ks, 0 BBs and 7 LOB.
OSU scored both runs off Baylor’s ace Kelsee Selman in the third inning thanks to RBIs by Taylor Lynch and Kristin Reasnor. Baylor responded with its only run in the fourth. It was all pitching and defense from there.
Unfortunately, there are no highlights for this game, since it was not broadcast. Suffice it to say, the Cowgirls took care of business pretty easily in the second game.
In the afternoon game, the Cowgirls only needed five innings to put away the Cyclones. The Cowgirls scored three runs in the first, three in the second, two in the third, and two in the fourth. Maddi Holcomb was the star of the game for the Cowgirls going 3-3 with two RBIs. Shea Coats earned the win on the mound allowing just two hits and no runs.
Here’s what coach Kenny Gajewski had to say following the Friday sweep.
Meanwhile, the Sooners won Group A without allowing a single run. They beat the Longhorns 3-0 in the morning before blanking Texas Tech 8-0 in the evening.
Now, the Cowgirls will get another chance to beat the Sooners, who swept them in the season series last weekend.
This is the first time the Big 12 has held a softball championship in six years. I can’t think of a better way to welcome the two-day tournament back to OKC than to have Bedlam in the trophy match.
The Cowgirls and Sooners face off today at 4:30 p.m. at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. If you can be there to cheer the girls on, do so. If not, the game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2.