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High Noon Highlights(5/20): Cowgirl Softball is headed to a Super Regional

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Cowgirls Softball headed to Super Regionals:

After a thrilling weekend of hosting a Regional in Stillwater, the Cowgirls are headed to Tallahassee to play Florida State in a Super Regional. This will be their first trip to a Super since 2011. It wasn’t a easy journey and one that has taken the Cowgirl Softball program years to put together.

Gajewski’s team features eight seniors that have brought the OSU (42-14) program back to national prominence. As a group they have secured the programs first 40-win season since 2011, twice broken the program home run record, broken multiple other program records and led the Cowgirls to the program’s first super regional appearance since 2011.

In Saturday’s game it was the seniors that led OSU to it’s 42nd victory on the season.

Samantha Show, a senior-year transfer, has been the team’s leader in the circle all season and against Tulsa (37-20) it was no different. Show threw seven inning, giving up one run on four hits and after allowing the run in the first, allowed three base runners the rest of the way. {Softball America}

They will start the next part of their journey on Thursday.

Former Cowboy Baseball players take batting practice in Allie P.:

This weekend marker the last regular season series in Allie P. Reynolds. As part of the celebrations marking the end of era, former Cowboy Baseball players got the chance to take batting practice before game 2 against Baylor on Friday.

One of the gatherings of the former players that was not seen by much of the public, but may have been one of the best moments of the weekend took place at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon as the batting cage was rolled out at Allie P. and the bats pulled out of the equipment room, some laced heavily with pine tar so as not to slip too far. The early and middle members of “The Hitting Machine” head coach Gary Ward’s metaphor for his philosophy and teaching of hitting the baseball. Like it seems with all good things, including hitting the baseball, there is a shelf life to it’s best production. However, the players that played for Ward and the Hollidays will tell you there was no shelf life to what they taught you about life.

”Coach Ward used to have these meetings in the fall, an hour and a half meetings and a lot of it was baseball, but so much of it was life,” said former pitcher and former San Francisco Giants player Steve Lienhard. Lienhard has watched his son, Joe, play in the program and praises Josh Holliday and his staff for imparting the same lessons that Josh’s dad Tom and Ward imparted on Steve. “I learned much more than being a baseball player. They taught me how to be a man.” {GoPokes.com}

Mason Rudolph meets up with Garth Brooks:

Two Stillwater legends met up in Pittsburgh on Saturday as Mason Rudolph posted a picture of him and Garth Brooks on his Instagram account. Always awesome to see Cowboys meet up!

Sofia Blanco takes home Elite 10 award:

Congrats to Cowgirl Tennis senior Sofia Blanco for earning the NCAA Elite 90 Award for the highest GPA at the NCAA Tennis Champopnships!

Around the Big 12:

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Sooner Softball win streaked snapped, but their headed to a Super

Bracket for Big 12 Baseball Tournament

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