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Busby’s four RBI’s lift Cowgirls over Red Raiders

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OSU designated player Hayley Busby at bat during the Oklahoma State vs. Wichita State softball game on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater.

Hayley Busby watched as the ball cascaded over the left field fence.

It was deposited into the Texas Tech bullpen, eerily similar to the home run she’d hit an inning prior.

It was an offense-first game, as the Oklahoma State Cowgirls defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 10-3 Sunday in Lubbock, Texas. The Cowgirls swept the weekend series against the Red Raiders, improving their record to 32-5, 8-1 in the Big 12.

The Red Raiders fall to 16-19, 0-9 in the Big 12.

“It was a great way to finish the weekend off,” coach Kenny Gajewski said. “I’m really encouraged about our bats and the way they came alive the last couple of days.”

In Saturday’s 12-2 win, OSU hit four home runs, a number they matched Sunday. Kiley Naomi hit a solo home run in the first inning, followed by Busby’s – one in the third and one fourth and then a solo shot from Sydney Pennington in the fifth.

Pennington also scored on a wild pitch from TTU pitcher Missy Zoch in the third inning. It was Zoch’s second start of the series.

Zoch pitched a complete game Friday, allowing one run, a solo home run from Chyenne Factor, but today she was replaced after 3.1 innings by Erin Edmundson.

“It’s a good sign for this team when we can score runs,” Gajewski said. “I’m happy to see some people come alive, Busby’s on a tear. Carrie [Eberle] just does what Carrie does and keeps us in every game that she throws.”

Eberle followed up her complete game shutout on Friday with another complete game Sunday. She earned two runs, allowing four hits, striking out four and walking three. Her season record improves to 14-1.

“They’ve been paying attention to some little things,” Gajewski said. “It’s cool to see. They’ve been working hard, We’ve had a rough time the past couple weeks and to watch them improve and get that confidence back is really cool.”

OSU has back-to-back series sweeps against Big 12 opponents, with the only conference loss coming against Kansas in the opening game.

“Success is contagious,” Gajewski said. “To watch them have that is really neat.”