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Cowgirls lose, set up elimination rematch with Texas in WCWS

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Morgan Day led the defense in the first semi-finals game against Texas.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Cowgirls will play their first elimination game of the season.

Texas beat No. 7 OSU 5-0 on Monday night at the Women’s College World Series. It sets up a winner-take-all second game between the Big 12 rivals to determine which team will play for a title.

The Cowgirls got down early. Texas logged three of its five hits in the second inning, immediately putting OSU pitcher Morgan Day in a difficult spot. When Courtney Day got up to bat, the Longhorns capitalized.

Courtney Day roped a home run to left-center field that scored three runs.

The Longhorns tacked on two additional runs in the sixth inning, but it would be irrelevant. OSU failed to get any positive offensive momentum. UT pitcher Estelle Czech went the distance, navigating her way to a three-hit shutout performance.

With the loss, the Cowgirls did not qualify for the WCWC Championship series. Because OSU was undefeated entering the game, the Cowgirls will play Texas at 8:42 p.m. for the right to take on No. 1 Oklahoma for a national championship.

The Cowgirls will likely have Kelly Maxwell, their ace pitcher, available for the second game. She is 2-0 in the WCWS. Texas ace Hailey Dolcini is the likely starter for Texas.