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Errors rampant in Cowgirls 11-8 loss

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Kenny Gajewski, Alysen Febrey

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

Second baseman Karli Petty wiped her brow. 

It was wet, not from sweat, but blood. 

She had just bobbled a hard-hit groundball from Oklahoma shortstop Grace Lyons, which bounced up and hit Petty above the right eye, gashing it open. 

Petty collected the ball and threw to first baseman Alysen Febrey, but a sliding Lyons beat the throw.

On Sunday, the Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Oklahoma State Cowgirls 11-8 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater. The bobbled ball by Petty spurred a six-run second inning by OU (42-2 overall, 16-1 Big 12), vital in its victory. 

"Tough game," coach Kenny Gajewski said. "I felt like we outplayed them to be very honest."

Petty's forehead needed medical attention, pausing the game for roughly 10 minutes while she was treated, having to switch to a clean jersey before play resumed.

Petty's play wasn't scored as an error, but OSU (40-8, 15-3) would commit three official errors in the inning. 

The next batter, catcher Lynnsie Elam, chopped a groundball to shortstop Kiley Naomi, who threw quickly, but too high, to Petty at second base, and the ball bounced off the top of her glove. 

Lyons advanced to third on the error, and scored when the next batter, left fielder Mackenzie Donihoo, singled. 

Two batters later, right fielder Nicole Mendes hit a groundball over pitcher Carrie Eberle, falling in front of Petty, who once again bobbled the ball. She quickly tossed to Febrey at first but was too late. Elam scored. 

Center fielder Jayda Coleman hit a single to score Donihoo and Mendes, taking advantage of the OSU errors to give OU an early 4-0 lead. 

It didn't end there. Eberle faced designated player Jocelyn Alo next, and threw a fastball to catcher Reagan Wright, bouncing out of her glove, allowing Coleman to steal second base. Eberle would walk Alo, a rare occurrence. 

First baseman Kinzie Hansen then hit a bouncing groundball to third baseman Sydney Pennington, who fielded the one-hopper, but threw it into the dirt attempting to reach Febrey. Hansen was safe at first and Coleman scored the fifth run of the inning. 

Alo would score on a fielders choice the next play, scoring OU's final run of the inning. Lyons returned to the plate for the second time in the inning, hitting a fly ball to end OSU's nightmare. 

"We rolled over in the second and gave up all those unearned runs," Gajewski said. "It was the difference in this game."

The Cowgirls would commit one more error in the game. In the fifth inning, Eberle fielded a groundball cleanly, but threw to high to Febrey at first base, bouncing off the top of her glove. A sacrifice fly the next batter would score another Sooner, adding an 11th run to the scoreboard. 

OSU had gone 15 of the last 21 games without committing an error, ending that accomplishment Sunday. They had four errors, and allowed seven unearned runs from them. 

"They're like sharks in the water," Gajewski said. "When you give them stuff they just annihilate you and they did that."