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Cowgirls walk-off, defeat Longhorns in Big 12 tournament

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Image Taken at the Oklahoma State Cowgirls vs Oklahoma Sooners Softball Game, Sunday, May 9, 2021, Cowgirl Softball Complex, Stillwater, OK. Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

A called third strike, an error and a run. 

On Friday, in a chaotic sequence final sequence, the Oklahoma State Cowgirls defeated the Texas Longhorns 3-2 at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. 

OSU earned its first win in the Big 12 tournament, and will play Iowa State on Friday with the potential to play for a tournament title Saturday.

In the ninth inning, left fielder Chelsea Alexander took a third strike, but UT catcher Mary Iakopo dropped it. Alexander ran to first base, and an errant throw from Iakopo allowed second baseman Karli Petty, who started the play at first base, to win the game.

She rounded third base, and dove for home plate, barely beating the throw, and winning the game in walk-off fashion. 

OSU got to this point with an important home run from shortstop Kiley Naomi in the third inning. Down two runs, Naomi hit the ball deep to left field, scoring herself and Alexander with the home run. 

UT had an early lead in the game, scoring a run in the first and third inning before going scoreless the rest of the game. 

The Longhorns had opportunities to build a lead, but the Cowgirls pitching was able to work through several jams.  

OSU starting pitcher Kelly Maxwell worked out of a jam in the fourth with runners on the corners, and pitcher Carrie Eberle, who entered in relief in the seventh, worked out of a bases loaded situation. 

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