OSU softball week in review: Cowgirls upset Alabama, Minnesota
Oklahoma State’s weekend trip to Florida ended with a 4-0 exhibition loss to Team USA, but was otherwise a successful trip for the Cowgirls.
Sixteenth-ranked OSU upset No. 9 Alabama and No. 14 Minnesota in the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, going 4-1 overall with a loss to No. 19 Missouri.
Here’s a look at the highlights of the week:
Three of OSU’s four victories came behind a pitching staff that allowed one or no runs, including the 2-0 win over Minnesota and 4-1 win over Alabama.
Ace Carrie Eberle allowed two runs on nine hits over 17 innings in four games. She earned two wins and two saves.
One of the saves came against Eberle’s former team, Virginia Tech, in a 14-6 victory. Eberle entered in relief of Logan Simunek with the Cowgirls leading 7-4 in the fifth inning, and allowed a run on two hits. OSU scored seven runs in the top of the sixth for the run-rule victory.
Simunek and Kelly Maxwell each earned a victory in the circle as well. Through nine games, OSU has a team earned-run average of 1.18.
Naomi can swing it, too
Sophomore Kiley Naomi was celebrated last year because of her defense at shortstop. So far this season, Naomi’s bat is as valuable as her glove.
She has a .428 batting average (12-for-28) with three home runs and a team-best 10 runs batted in. She has walked four times and stolen four bases, leading the Cowgirls with a .515 on-base percentage, regularly batting in the leadoff position.
Against Virginia Tech, Naomi and Alysen Febrey went back-to-back with home runs to lead off the game. And Naomi’s two-run homer against Minnesota provided the only runs of the game.
Louisiana on deck
OSU heads to Birmingham, Alabama, this week for Friday and Saturday games in the UAB Blazer Classic. In addition to games against UAB and Ole Miss, the Cowgirls will face Louisiana twice.
Louisiana is one of the more regular mid-major programs at the Women’s College World Series, with six appearances since 1993, the last in 2014.