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Show hits walk-off homer to sweep Texas Tech

Samantha Show didn’t wait long to end the game.

In the bottom of the seventh, she crushed the first pitch of the at bat well over the wall in left center. And in pure Show fashion, she added a subtle bat flip for good measure.

Show’s walk-off blast propelled the Oklahoma State softball team to a 6-5 victory against Texas Tech Sunday afternoon at Cowgirl Stadium.

Trailing 5-3 in the contest, Show stepped to the plate with two runners in scoring position.

Her previous at bat wasn’t ideal. She was aggressive, hitting foul ball after foul ball to left. She eventually missed for strike three, her momentum dropping her to one knee over the plate.

But her next time out, she kept swinging for the fences.

“In my at bats today I took strikes that were plated.” Show said. “As an elite hitter, I can’t take those. In that last at bat I was just like, ‘If there’s anything on the plate, then I’m going for it full throttle.’”

It was her 15th home run of the year, tying the school’s single-season record.

No. 12 OSU turned a couple of huge double plays to keep themselves in the game. Freshman shortstop Kiley Naomi made a critical one in the sixth inning, using her speed to chase down a runner near second then firing an out to first. It brought the crowd to its feet.

The Cowgirls couldn’t get anything going early on. They failed to record a hit through the first four innings.

The No. 13 Red Raiders took advantage of OSU’s slow start. In the fourth, Texas Tech got on the board with a deep two-run homer to left field off of Show. Show was visibly frustrated with herself after, responding to strike out the next batter.

But Jessica Hartwell hit another the next inning, this one a solo shot, to grow Texas Tech’s lead.

“We weren’t very good the first four innings,” OSU coach Kenny Gajewski said. “I don’t know if we hit a ball hard. I was starting to think maybe we need to change some personnel.”

Before today, the Cowgirls (37-11 overall, 13-2 Big 12) had made 12 comeback victories, with two of them coming earlier in the weekend. Despite another slow start, they looked to add another.

OSU’s Chelsea Alexander changed the momentum of the game to lead off the inning. She singled to right, which sparked a string of Cowgirl hits.

Naomi got a base hit to left. Senior Rylee Bayless’ grounder was enough to reach first, and bring home a run.

Madi Sue Montgomery kept it going. She dropped a fly ball along the first base line in between a rushing right fielder and diving first baseman to score two more and tie the game.

The Cowgirls fell behind two runs in the top of the seventh because of a number of defensive errors and mental mistakes.

But it allowed for some heroics from Show to clinch the series sweep.

“This is what we dream about. This is what we practice for. This is what we want to do as little kids. Being a leader on this team, I want to be the one up there doing it for this team.

“It’s what we live for. It’s what gets us excited. And that’s what makes us love softball.”

sports.ed@ocolly.com