Oklahoma City -- The No. 13 Oklahoma State softball team defeated No. 12 Texas, 6-2, thanks to a six-run sixth inning.
The first five innings of OSU’s opening game of the Big 12 tournament had little to offer in the way of runs. A double from Texas’ Mary Iakopo off of the center field wall was the only hit of significance as it gave the Longhorn the lead heading into the sixth.
This is when the Cowgirl offense came alive. OSU brought the top of its lineup to the plate and those batters did not disappoint.
Rylee Bayless, Madi Sue Montgomery and Michaela Richbourg loaded the bases with one out to bring center fielder Chyenne Factor to the plate.
Factor sent the ball off of the wall in right field, which allowed the Cowgirls' first run with pinch-hitter Sydney Springfield at the plate with the bases loaded.
Springfield’s impact as a pinch-hitter has been massive for coach Kenny Gajewski's Cowgirls recently, and she came up big once again in the Big 12 tournament.
Springfield smacked a ball just in front of Texas’ Reagan Hathaway in center field to bring in two runs and give the Cowgirls the lead.
Kylie Naomi followed up with a double off of Texas’ Shannon Rhodes at third, which brought more runs to the scoreboard for OSU.
OSU was not done however as Chelsea Alexander hit a single into left field which made the score 6-2.
The Cowgirls will play their second game of the day against Iowa State at 5 p.m.