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Cowgirls' bats come alive in doubleheader sweep

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Samantha Clakley during the OSU game against Northern Iowa, at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater, OK on March 2, 2019.

In the worst of conditions, the Cowgirls brought their best.

In another cold windy day in Stillwater, the Oklahoma State softball team run-ruled McNeese State and Northern Iowa, 12-2 and 12-0, respectively.

Nothing, including the weather, was able to quiet the Cowgirls' bats on Saturday. They scored in eight of nine innings and totalled 23 hits along with six home runs. OSU’s coach Kenny Gajewski said he was happy with how his team performed from the plate.

“(It was a) cold day but our bats stayed hot,” Gajewski said. “It's nice to see our bats really come alive and put some pressure on them.”

Senior pitcher Samantha Show said that thanks to Gajewski, they were prepared to deal with these tough conditions.

“Coach (Gajewski) has been good at letting us practice in the cold,” Show said. “He knew at some point we would be playing in weather like this and we were prepared for it.”

Madi Sue Montgomery led the way for OSU (14-5) in both games. She recorded two hits and three RBIs against McNeese State (8-12), and then followed that with three hits, five RBIs and a home run against Northern Iowa (7-7).

Show shined in the circle and in the box for OSU. She notched three hits, four walks, six RBIs and one home run as a hitter. She also threw five innings against McNeese State, giving up two runs and striking out seven batters.

“This is what I expect of myself,” Show said. “Just going out there and producing for my team is what i’m here to do, and knowing that when i’m up in the box or in the circle that I have the rest of my team behind me wanting me to do good is all I can ask for.”

After seeing her struggle on Friday, Gajewski said he was happy to see Show rebound.

“What I love about (Samantha Show) is that she showed up at 8:30 (a.m.) with coach Jeff (Cottrill) pissed off, got some extra work in, and it showed right away,” Gajewski said.

While Show and Montgomery have been leading the team from the plate all season, freshman Cheyenne Factor made her presence known.

Factor has battled many injuries this season and earned her third and fourth starts in Saturday’s double header. After all of this, she said she was just happy to finally get things going.

“It felt good to finally play,” Factor said. “These past couple weeks, I've been pinch hitting and gotten a hit here or there, but to finally start hitting like that, it was good.”

Though she is a freshman, Gajewski said he knows how special of a player Factor can be for his team.

“(Cheyenne Factor’s) Probably the best outfielder we’ve got going at this point," Gajewski said. “Even though she's not the fastest kid, she gets great jumps and great reads.”

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