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Cowgirls knock out FSU, advance to Women's College World Series

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OSU center fielder Chyenne Factor watches a pitch during the Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa softball game one in the championship round of the NCAA Stillwater Regional on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater.

For the first time in the Kenny Gajewski-era of Oklahoma State softball, the Cowgirls will compete in the Women's College World Series.

The Cowgirls defeated Florida State, the defending national champions, 3-2, in the Tallahassee Super Regional on Saturday.

OSU became the first team to punch its ticket to the WCWS, held in Oklahoma City.

After pitching games one and two, senior Samantha Show got the nod from Gajewski from the winner-take-all matchup.

In the first two innings, only No. 4 FSU mustered a hit.

In the top of the third inning, however, the No. 13 Cowgirls got on the board when freshman Chyenne Factor hit a solo home run to left field.

FSU started to struggle with fielding in the third. After Factors' home run. The Cowgirls got another runner on base.

Chelsea Alexander then hit a single to third base. Sydney Pennington advanced to second base but scored after multiple throwing errors from the Seminoles.

Show continued to pitch through four innings without FSU (55-10) getting a runner past second.

In the fifth inning, FSU got two quick singles to put baserunners at first and second. A single from Leslie Farris then tied the game at one.

Minutes later in the top of the six, the Cowgirls (44-15) took control.

After Show was hit by a pitch, Shalee Brantley stole second and third after an unfortunate throwing error from FSU. 

Maddie Sue Montgomery then hit a fly out that scored Brantley.

Logan Simunek came into relief for Show after she gave up the one run. In the bottom of the seventh, Simunek gave up an early home run to bring the game within one run. 

Simunek bounced back as she got the next three out to send the Cowgirls to the WCWS.

The Cowgirls will compete in their eighth WCWS and their first since 2011.

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