The Oklahoma State softball team is off to a powerful start this season. This past weekend the Cowgirls kicked off the 2021 season with the Best of the Bayou Classic in Monroe, Louisiana.
Ranked No. 8 in the nation, according to ESPN and No. 11 in the NFCA Coaches Poll, the girls won both of their games Feb. 11 and 12 when the Cowgirls proved explosive. The team was scheduled to play seven games between Thursday and Saturday, however, due to inclement weather, the girls were unable to play their last five games.
The first game won by the Cowgirls was a high-energy back-and-forth against No. 18 Arkansas on Thursday, when the Cowgirls ultimately won 12-11. After not getting any runs in the first inning, the team got its stride and scored 10 runs by the fourth inning. Then in the seventh inning with the Razorbacks leading by one, the Cowgirls achieved two more runs at the top of the inning to take the lead. As a final push, left-handed pitcher Kelly Maxwell shutdown Arkansas in the bottom of the seventh, securing the win for Oklahoma State.
Coming off hot after their first win, the Cowgirls shutout the Louisiana Tech Techsters last Friday in the Classic. The game had nothing but highlight reels of offense, with four Cowgirls batting home runs. Sophomore infielder Karli Petty was the top playmaker of the game, she had two hits, one of the homers and had three RBI’s. Once again, Maxwell stunned at the mound with opponents going 1 for 20 against her this season, a .050 batting average.
Last season, the Oklahoma State softball team had a phenomenal 19-5 record before COVID-19 canceled over half of the girls season. The 2020 season had it on a 12-game win streak, undefeated at home and ranked No. 11 in the NCAA. Needless to say, the Cowgirls are ready to dominate this season after having unfinished business from the 2020 season.
The next four games for the Cowgirls will be this weekend in Conroe, Texas, at Scrap Yard Sports. This is a change to the team’s schedule after the Tracy Beard Invitational was canceled due to weather and travel concerns. Following the games in Conroe, Oklahoma State will head to Beaumont, Texas, to compete against Lamar University. Directly after, the girls will go right down to face McNeese University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Tuesday.