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Exams and strikeouts: Day fitting in at OSU

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Morgan Day was dancing on the field after the Cowgirls victory.

Day pitched four innings in the Cowgirls 22-0 victory over USAO in a softball fall scrimmage Wednesday in Stillwater. In those four innings, Day struck out 12 batters and only allowed one hit.

Day, an Illinois State transfer, joins a pitching staff coach Kenny Gajewski believes is the best he has ever had.

“This is the most talented team that we’ve had here,” Gajewski said. “We’re deep, athletic, powerful, and for us it’s just a matter of getting these kids working, and seeing where it goes.”

Day posted a 2.10 ERA in 163 innings in the circle for Illinois State in 2021, and finished her career as a Redbird with 620 strikeouts. Day sites former OSU pitcher Carrie Eberle as the reason to transfer to OSU.

“Carrie was awesome for the Cowgirls last season, I definitely kept up with their season, and saw their world series run,” Day said. “As a transfer pitcher, her success really played a large part in my transfer journey. Just getting one year and making the most out of it, and making a national championship run out of it, and I wanted the same.”

Day has not pitched in, or experienced a “normal” year since 2019, and is still adjusting to being a student athlete.

“It’s a little weird, it’s been a while since I felt like this,” Day said. “Today was actually the first time I had an in-person exam, so that was kind of fun too. I feel like things are going back to normal. The softball community is returning. Just seeing everyone come back and enjoy softball the way they did before COVID has been pretty awesome.”

In Day’s 12 strikeout performance, she used her experience as a pitcher against bigger opponents, and is adapting for and getting tips for when she faces Big 12 competition.

“Coming from a smaller school I faced some of the top 25 competition,” Day said. “It’s been awesome to get some of that exposure from the bigger schools. But coming from playing the big teams to now being on a big team is definitely a big change. Getting others' expertise and their advice on their experience has been awesome.”

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