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Kenny Gajewksi Recruits Kids ‘That Have the Guts’ to Beat Oklahoma

Syndication: The Oklahoman

After Oklahoma State softball won their first series over OU since 1997, head coach Kenny Gajewski admitted when he recruits, he looks for players who “have the guts” to beat the Sooners.

Gajewski made the comments after the Cowgirls 6-2 win on Saturday afternoon, saying, “I’m very clear when I recruit. I’m looking for kids that have the guts to beat them because that’s the standard at this point, so that’s what I’m in search of. If that doesn’t interest you, or if that scares you, this is the wrong place. And that’s what it comes to when we recruit, I’ve been very clear.”


Gajewski went on to say, “You have to learn how to get punched and punch back.”

And that’s exactly what happened with the Cowgirls on Saturday, who trailed the Sooners 2-1 entering the sixth inning before exploding for five runs. OSU got back-to-back home runs from Claire Timm and Micaela Wark off Nicole May to start the sixth and grab their first lead of the game. Then three batters later Jilyen Poullard blasted a three-run homer off Kelly Maxwell, the former Cowgirl who transferred to OU this past offseason.


OSU kept its hopes for a Big 12 title alive with the win. The Cowgirls (44-8, 21-5 Big 12) moved into a tie with the Sooners for second place in the league, one game behind Texas. If the Cowgirls wins Sunday’s series finale to finish off the sweep of OU and Texas loses at Texas Tech, OSU would be the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big 12 Softball Tournament.

The final game of the series is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday.

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