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Lights out: Cowgirls fall to Juarez, Sooners in WCWS

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Cowgirl Rylee Bayless celebrates during the Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma softball game on May 31, 2019, in Oklahoma City. The No. 1 Sooners defeated the No. 13 Cowgirls 6-1 for their second win of the 2019 Women's College World Series. (DEVIN LAWRENCE WILBER/O'Colly)

Oklahoma City - Two thousand nine hundred and fifty-six.

That is the number of days it has been since Oklahoma State softball team was victorious against its in-state rivals, Oklahoma.

On Friday night's game in the Women's College World Series, the Sooners added one more day to their run with a 6-1 victory against OSU.

From the first inning, the odds were stacked against OSU pitcher Samantha Show and her team. OU put up three runs on four hits and a walk in the first to give the Sooners the lead before OSU had seen the plate.

“It was just an unlucky inning for us,” Show siad. “I felt like I was making some good pitches, they were putting balls where we weren't. I was happy that we held them only to three. That didn’t really put us out of the game.”

OSU’s coach Kenny Gajewski echoed his senior’s feeling about the inning.

“That wasn’t the start that I dreamed up,” Gajewski said.” That’s what (Oklahoma) does, that’s what these top offenses do. They make their money by scoring fast. I didn’t feel like we were out of it, I really didn’t.”

The Cowgirls, however, didn’t go quietly. Rylee Bayless led off the inning with a walk and was driven in by Michaela Richbourg three batters later.

In the fifth inning, the outfield lights in center and right field went out as a utility worker ran to the generator beyond the bleachers.

After the 17 minute delay, the Cowgirls were looking to make a comeback.

Sydney Pennington turned an unassisted double play on the first batter to end the top of the inning. Chyenne Factor then led off the bottom of the farm with a single.  

Then, OU’s Giselle Juarez showed how difficult it is to face her.

She proceeded to strike out the three batters following Factor to end the inning.

Juarez has faced the Cowgirls three times this season and Friday night's game was no different from the past two.

She finished the night with 11 strikeouts, four hits and the one run in six innings pitched.

Along with it being a WCWS game, the matchup had some extra pressure.

Friday’s game was the first time OU and OSU had ever met in the WCWS. With the game being played at the ASA Hall of Fame stadium in Oklahoma City, it was a dream come true for some players.

With a 1-1 record for the tournament, the Cowgirls will face the winner of Saturday’s first elimination game between Washington and Minnesota at 6 p.m.

“It was something that I always dreamed of as a little girl,” Bayless aisd. “I felt like I was just floating out there. I don’t really know how to explain it other than it was electrifying. It makes you realize that you are playing on the biggest stage. It was awesome playing (Oklahoma). It was like the Big 12 tournament times 50.”

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