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Factor optimistic for Cowgirls offense in weekend series against Baylor

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OSU junior Chyenne Factor dives for a catch during Friday's game of the Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State softball series on April 2, 2021 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater.

Chyenne Factor is focused on herself.

Factor, a junior outfielder, said Oklahoma State doesn’t spend much time scouting opponents before they play, instead working on themselves.

“We’ll look at their pitchers a little bit just to have an idea,” Factor said. “You can know what they throw, but it’s a little bit different when you get in the box and actually see it. If we play our game we’re going to win.”

Coach Kenny Gajewski agreed.

“I’m caught up in what we do,” Gajewski said. “How we focus on what we do. How we prepare the way we know we need to. If we do all that, we will be just fine.”

This weekend, OSU (32-5 overall, 8-1 Big 12) hosts Baylor (21-9, 3-0) in a three game series. A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, and the series finale for Sunday.

Gajewski said the Bears are experienced and fast, with veteran pitchers who have experience.

“We’re going to go up against a good staff,” Gajewski said. “(Coach) Glen (Moore) has been around for a lot of years. It will be a fight. We’re going to have to play good softball.”

Baylor postponed games against Abilene Christian and Oklahoma last week because of COVID issues, returning with a midweek game against Texas State. Gajewski said it’s an advantage to play Baylor after their COVID-19 week.

“I don’t say that in any negative way,” Gajewski said. “Any advantage you can get I’ll take. They’re playing well.”

Gajewski said Baylor has a great pitching rotation. Sixth-year senior Gia Rodoni has struck out 81, leading the team. Gajewski said she’s one of the best pitchers in the Big 12.

He said he is impressed with Baylor’s Sidney Holman-Mansell’s pitching. Her pitch speed can reach above 70 mph. She can be erratic at times but has a good change-up.

Carrie Eberle will start in games one and three of the series for OSU, with Kelly Maxwell starting game two.

“I don’t think that’s a big secret,” Gajewski said.

Gajewski said he’s been happy with OSU’s pitching this year. He’s said he’s excited to see the offense continue to produce after the past weekend performance.

“The bats are starting to come alive,” Gajewski said. “ I really like our work. It’s a good sign, in conference, for that stuff to come alive. I’m looking forward to this weekend.”

Prior to the past weekend’s series against Texas Tech, the Cowgirls had scored more than four runs once in conference play. They scored 22 combined runs in the final two games of the TTU series.

Factor said not producing runs in conference play had been frustrating prior to the Texas Tech series. She said the lineup is dangerous and capable of consistently scoring.

“It was fun to see because we know that’s what we can do,” Factor said. “We’re getting runs pushed across but to finally see it open up is probably more of a relief for the pitchers.”

Factor said quality at-bats are vital if OSU wants offensive success this weekend.

“We were tough outs Saturday and Sunday (against Texas Tech),” Factor said. “We were hitting the ball hard and putting pressure on them. Even if our bats didn’t get a hit, our at-bats were good. They’re quality at-bats. If we do that, we’ll be fine. Just being tough outs.”