Samantha Show gave one of the best performances of her Oklahoma State career Thursday night.
The senior pitched a complete game and hit two solo home runs in No. 13-seeded OSU’s 2-1 win over fifth-seeded Florida for the Cowgirls first Women’s College World Series win since 1998.
Show wasted no time at all making her impact known at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City with a one-out homer over the right-center field wall in the top of the first inning.
Are we surprised?— FloSoftball (@FloSoftball) May 30, 2019
Florida’s Jordan Roberts chomped back with a homer of her own to tie it 1-1 in the second.
From that point it was a pitching duel.
Florida’s Kelly Barnhill went a complete game herself, striking out nine. Show seemed to be the only Cowgirl that could figure her out.
And then Show hit her second homer, but this time she didn’t refrain from her flashy bat flip celebration.
Is this a bat spike? A bat tomahawk? Regardless, we're here for it.— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 31, 2019
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The bat flip (or maybe tomahawk spike?) sent the OSU faithful into a frenzy and rightful so.
It's glorious and if ya don't like don't let her hit homers mmmkkkayyy.
Show wasn’t the only one doing work on the diamond. Madi Sue Montgomery aka Roomba had some fantastic defensive plays, including one in the fourth inning.
Crafty #WCWS | @CowgirlSB pic.twitter.com/BFOyVR3csB— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 31, 2019
You now know where her nickname comes from.
Show’s defense worked for her when first baseman Michaela Richbourg made a heads up play snagging the ball as it began to soar foul.
"Got it"— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 31, 2019
– Michaela Richbourg (probably)#WCWS | @CowgirlSB pic.twitter.com/2Svy9bHBrD
With runners on the corners in the seventh, the Cowgirls had another great defensive play to seal the win.
"And that'll do it..." @CowgirlSB grabs their FIRST @NCAAsoftball #WCWS win since 1️⃣9️⃣9️⃣8️⃣! #Big12SB | #okstate pic.twitter.com/bwkJGjEneb— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) May 31, 2019
Florida leadoff hitter Amanda Lorenz and Roberts combined for four of the Gators’ six hits off Show.
The Cowgirls will face top-seeded Bedlam rival Oklahoma, who beat No. 8 Alabama 3-2 late Friday night. OSU, who lost all three games this season to OU, plays the Sooners at 8:30 p.m. Friday.