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Cowgirls rock Camels, win regional with run-rule

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Softball - Pennington, Doggett

It took four offensive innings. 

On Friday, the Oklahoma State Cowgirls defeated the Campbell Camels 10-0 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater in run-rule fashion. 

With the win, OSU (43-9) will face Mississippi State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater. 

"We kind of had hits and runs batted in all the way up and down our order," coach Kenny Gajewski said.

It was an offensive showcase for OSU, as they hit three home runs in the game. Shortstop Kiley Naomi hit a solo home run in the first inning, and second baseman Karli Petty hit a solo shot in the fourth.

"As a lead-off batter I just try to set the tone," Naomi said. "Whenever you get that pitch that just looks good to you and you're feeling good, I'm just ready to go and really aggressive and that's what happened."

Third baseman Sydney Pennington homered in the fourth, hitting a two-run shot over the left field wall, scoring pinch runner Jordan Doggett. It was Pennington's 35th home run in her OSU career, tying the school record. 

OSU pitcher Kelly Maxwell threw 4.1 innings, allowing two hits and no runs and no walks with three strikeouts. She faced 15 batters before pitcher Logan Simunek entered in relief for the final two outs. 

The Cowgirls scored in every inning, with four runs coming in the first. After the Naomi home run, Pennington singled, driving in first baseman Alysen Febrey and center fielder Chyenne Factor. 

Petty hit into a fielder's choice, scoring right fielder Hayley Busby. 

Febrey doubled in the second scoring Naomi, and designated player Avery Hobson scored Pennington on a single in the third. Left fielder Chelsea Alexander also drove in a run in the third, hitting a double to right-center field, scoring Hobson. 

"I'm proud of this team," Gajewski said. "We've got a long way to go, but it is always better when you win the first game. I feel really good about that."

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