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Oklahoma State Softball Stays in Big 12 Title Race With Win Over Oklahoma

Syndication: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma State softball kept its hopes alive for a Big 12 regular season championship after taking a second straight game from the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in Norman 6-2.

OSU clinched the series with the win, their first series win over OU since 1997 and handing the Sooners their first home Big 12 series loss since 2006.

 

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.

As for the game, the Cowgirls trailed 2-1 heading into the sixth inning, but then broke open the game with a five-run inning. 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.

Lexi Kilfoyl allowed an unearned run in the fifth but allowed just two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in three innings to improve to 21-3 on the season. On the other side, Nicole May was off to a strong strong before the disastrous sixth inning that turned the game in favor of Oklahoma State.

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

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