The Oklahoma State softball team is one game away from the Women’s College World Series after defeating Florida State 3-1 in the first game of their best-of-three super regional Thursday night.
A lead off double by Madi Sue Montgomery set up sophomore Michaela Richbourg’s go-ahead two run homer in the top of the ninth inning, which was followed by an easy 1-2-3 inning from star pitcher Samantha Show to complete a one-run, five-hit complete game.
Richbourg’s 14th home run this season was undoubtedly the biggest.
The Seminoles were hopeless in the bottom of the ninth against Show, who finished with five strikeouts and one walk, and didn’t allow a base runner from the fourth inning on.
FSU’s only run came in the second to give them a 1-0 that held true until a sacrifice fly from Montgomery drove home Chelsea Alexander from third base in the sixth inning.
The Cowgirls struggled at the plate the majority of the game, failing to reach second base until Alexander’s lead-off double to left-centerfield in the sixth.But victory felt imminent once the game was tied because of Show’s death grip on the talented FSU lineup.
FSU’s senior ace Meghan King matched Show for eight innings. She had only given up four hits and one run until giving up the two runs in the ninth.
The Cowgirls can advance to the Women’s World Series and eliminate the reigning national championships with a win in Game 2 at 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN.