Cowgirls take down BYU, win game one of Stillwater regional

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Madi Sue Montgomery at bat during the NCAA Regional game against Brigham Young University at Cowgirl Stadium, in Stillwater, on May 16, 2019.

From wire to wire, the result was never in doubt.

The Oklahoma State softball team came out swinging in its 3-1 victory against BYU in the Stillwater regional on Thursday at Cowgirl Stadium.

With two runners on and no outs Madi Sue Montgomery came up hoping to make history.

Montgomery stepped into the box with 199 career RBIs and was in search of breaking into an exclusive group of five players to hit the 200 career mark. All five of those players being Oklahoma Sooners.

Two pitches later, Montgomery hit a line drive the the right side of the infield. Fellow senior Rylee Bayless scored and gave OSU (40-14) an early lead in its first home regional since 1998.

The second run of the inning was scored on the next pitch. Michaela Richbourg grounded into a double play, scoring Samantha Show.

Show battled for seven innings in the circle, surrendering one run and three hits. Her performances this season has been a barometer of how lethal the Cowgirl team can be.

Show brought her best on Thursday.

With the lead after one inning, Show said she had a lot of confidence to finish out the game.

“It was like a pressure was off of my shoulders,” Show said. “I was able to just go out and pitch and have fun. I wasn’t worried. I knew we were either going to put more runs up or the defense behind me was going to make plays when we needed to. I couldn’t have asked for a better game.”

Show doubled down the right field line the next inning to give her team a 3-1 lead and they never looked back.

BYU (29-25) got its lone run in the sixth inning off of a collision between Montgomery and Richbourg.

The Cowgirls top priority for this season has been having fun. Show said she believes it has made a noticeable difference in the team’s play.

OSU will play Tulsa at 12 p.m. on Friday at Cowgirl Stadium for a place in the regional championship game

“You are playing your best when you are having fun,” Show said. “When your just a little kid having fun out there. That was my big thing this year was just going out there and playing like I was eight years old at recess.”

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