When Samantha Show is in the circle her hitting has been somewhat of a struggle, but against Tulsa she helped her team both in and out of the batter's box.
The scoreboard was quiet early as the Oklahoma State softball team left the bases loaded in the first inning of its 5-0 victory against the Golden Hurricane on Tuesday. OSU found itself with the bases loaded again in the second inning. With Show popping out in the first and then flying out with the bases loaded in the second, her struggles continued early.
OSU coach Kenny Gajewski informed Show of her struggles at the plate when pitching. An eight-day break from now until their next game allowed Show to focus a little more on becoming a more complete player.
After Show, Madi Sue Montgomery hit a single with the bases loaded, driving in Shalee Brantley for the first run of the game. Gajewski acknowledged the speed of Kiley Naomi on second base and sent her home. A perfect throw from the Tulsa left fielder burned Naomi and the Cowgirls, keeping the lead at one.
“I don’t think I would’ve sent anybody but her,” Gajewski said. “It’s going to take a perfect throw, she made a perfect throw.”
While Show's bat was quiet so far in the contest, her pitching was on point as she struck out hitters in each of the first three innings. She was dealing, as in the fifth she retired the side with three pitches across the plate.
After the three-pitch fifth inning, Show was up to bat when Tulsa decided to switch its pitcher.
With Show up at the plate and a new pitcher in the circle, this might have been what she needed to get going. A double to center electrified the team. It was followed by a double from Montgomery, scoring the OSU pinch runner Taylor Tuck. A Chyenne Factor RBI single rounded out the inning, giving Show two more runs of support.
While Show's bat started to get hot, her pitching stayed on point, allowing only four hits and zero runs on 73 pitches. With a three-run lead entering the bottom of the sixth, Show would get one more chance to prove herself at the plate.
With Cowgirl runners on first and second with two outs, Show laced a double down the left field line, driving in two runs and expanding the OSU lead to 5-0. Show finished the game with two hits on four at-bats with two doubles and two RBIs as the Cowgirls shutout the Golden Hurricane.
“I’m really focusing on doing well in the box and in the circle, and that’s what I just did out there for my team,” Show said.