KU shortstop Sydney Ramsey punched a ground ball to the left side that seemed destined for the black and orange glove of OSU’s Sydney Pennington.
That batted ball was a critical moment in Oklahoma State’s 7-4 loss to Kansas on Friday night in the Big 12 opener.
With the score tied in the bottom of the sixth inning and two KU runners on when Ramsey hit the ball, Pennington knew she had to be ultra-aggressive.
The usually rock-solid third baseman who has started every game of her OSU career could not make the play.
Pennington charged the ball, but as it sped towards her glove the ball skipped up off the dirt and over her glove. Two runners scored on the error and the Jayhawk’s took the lead for good.
No. 9 OSU and KU played a hotly contested game with clutch plays on both sides, but that play was one of many that will haunt OSU fielders. The Cowgirl’s committed five errors in the game, and while none were egregious, all were makeable.
While the uncharacteristically sloppy OSU defensive play was much of the difference in the game, the conference opener was not all sloppy.
Both sides benefited from clutch performances and excellent plays.
Jayhawk first base man Morgyn Wynne delivered for the Jayhawks, notching two doubles and a pair of RBI when called upon.
Senior OSU first baseman Alysen Febrey came through for OSU by hitting a game-tying home run in the top of the sixth.
Her shot to right made the score 3-3 and helped the Cowgirl offense pick up starting pitcher Carrie Eberle (9-1), who had an up-and-down outing after pitching masterfully in a combined perfect game on Wednesday.
Even Pennington, one of the handful of Cowgirls who committed an error, had an excellent offensive game. Her solo shot in the seventh gave the OSU rally life, but it was not enough.
The Cowgirls fell to 0-1 in Big 12 play and Eberle was tagged with her first loss of the season.
With a sparkling 24-5 overall record, however, and another great pitcher in Kelly Maxwell expected to pitch on Saturday, the Cowgirls will look to even the series at 2 p.m.