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Cowgirls defeat Mavericks in midweek game

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OSU junior Chyenee Factor watches a foul ball sail away during Friday's game of the Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State softball series on April 2, 2021 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater.

Centerfielder Reagan Hukill bumped into the wall.

Hukill watched from the warning track as Oklahoma State shortstop Kiley Naomi’s hit went over the centerfield wall.

“(Naomi) is locked in,” coach Kenny Gajewski said. “It was hit really well. It was good to see.”

The OSU Cowgirls defeated the UT-Arlington Mavericks 9-3 Wednesday in Stillwater at Cowgirl Stadium. OSU improved to 36-5 overall.

They added five runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a double from Hayley Busby. Chelsea Alexander stole second base, advanced to third and scored on a Chyenne Factor bunt.

Febrey scored on a passed ball from the catcher and pinch runner Scotland David scored on a base hit from Michaela Richbourg.

UTA (14-25) played against its former catcher. OSU's Reagan Wright hit 2-for-2 with a double and triple. She was hit by a pitch in the first. Taylor Tuck replaced Wright as catcher in the fifth inning.

“It felt good,” Wright said. “I was seeing the ball really well and kind of had an advantage against those girls having hit off them in practice many times before.”

Logan Simunek started her 7th game of the season, pitching four innings, allowing five hits and earning three runs. Simunek struggled to establish the strike zone, throwing 31 balls and walking three batters.

Kelly Maxwell entered in relief, pitching two innings and striking out four. Carrie Eberle closed, pitching the seventh inning and striking out the side. Simunek earned the win and her season record improved to 4-3.

“I don’t think this was my best performance,” Simunek said. “I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff tonight, but I did enough to get by.”

Gajewski said it was planned to use all three pitchers tonight. Simunek said she was told to go as long as she could before bringing in Maxwell in relief.

Kenedy Hines started for UTA, pitching 3.1 innings, allowing five hits and five runs. Hines earned the loss. Her season record fell to 4-10.

UTA’s Madison Miller hit a two-RBI single in the first inning, which OSU matched with sacrifice hits from Busby and Richbourg.

Gajewski won his first game against UT-Arlington at OSU Wednesday. He was 0-2, losing the most recent match 2-1 in 2019. The win is OSU’s 12th consecutive, a school record.

“It was good to see our kids play well in a mid-week game,” Gajewski said. “I’m proud of these kids.”

Gajewski rotated reserve players into the game starting in the fifth inning. Scotland David had her first career at-bat, striking out in the sixth inning. He said it was good to see the reserves in the game.

“(David) competed,” Gajewski said. “She swung. She was probably a little nervous and tight and that stuff showed.”

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