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Cowgirls drop defending champions in first game of Super Regional

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OSU first baseman Michaela Richbourg makes contact during the Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa softball game in the NCAA Stillwater Regional on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater.

The Oklahoma State softball team had five days to prepare for its series against Florida State, the defending national champions. 

The last time the Cowgirls completed in the Super Regionals was in 2011.

On Thursday, The Cowgirls overcame a one-run deficit and defeated the Seminoles 3-1 in extra innings in Tallahassee, Florida. 

OSU's bats suffered in the first few innings. As FSU contributed four hits, OSU failed to get one.

The Cowgirls fell behind 0-1 after freshman Makinzy Herzog hit a single, giving No. 4 FSU the lead.

Luckily for No. 13 OSU, it was the only run the Seminoles (54-9) scored.

In the top of the sixth, the Cowgirls (43-14) had runners at the corners with one out. Senior Maddi Sue Montgomery flied out to left field and Chelsea Alexander socred, narrowly missing the catchers reach.

Senior Samantha Show lead OSU on the mound with five strikeouts. Her pitching late in the game helped the Cowgirls force extra innings.

In the top of the ninth, the Cowgirls had one runner at first with Michaela Richbourg at the plate.

On the 2-1 pitch, Richbourg knocked the ball over the right field wall, giving the Cowgirls their first lead.

The next half inning, Show finished off the Seminoles with a 1-2-3 inning.

OSU will face FSU again on Friday at 6 p.m. for a chance to advance to the Women's College World Series.

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