Drake was still in the game until first baseman Alysen Febrey put an end to their chances.
Febrey made sure she ended her first weekend playing at Cowgirl Stadium on a high note. In the sixth inning, she smashed a line drive over the right field wall, her second homer, to put the game out of reach.
Sunday, Febrey’s powerful performance led the Oklahoma State softball team to a 5-0 victory against Drake to close out a perfect 5-0 weekend at the OSU/Tulsa Invitational.
Febrey, a transfer from Georgia, has found her groove batting third in the OSU lineup. Her two home runs brought home three RBIs, bringing her total to a team-leading 22.
Febrey said she is completely comfortable at this point in her first season with the No. 15 Cowgirls (13-5).
“I feel really relaxed,” Febrey said. “I wasn’t trying to hit a home run. I just stick to my approach. If you try to hit a home run, you’re probably not gonna hit one. I’m just sticking to my plan and not trying to (do too much).”
Sophomore Kiley Naomi accounted for OSU’s first home run.
Leading off, she took the game’s second pitch off the light post behind the left field wall. As usual, she was elite on defense as well, once making a great stop before firing the ball to end the game.
“I just see the ball really well right now,” Naomi said. “Batting first, I’m just trying to get the momentum on our side however I can, whether it’s a home run or base hit.”
Although the top of the lineup is hitting well, coach Kenny Gajewski wants to see more consistency from the bottom of the order.
Outfielder Chelsea Alexander has started to show signs of improvement there. After getting the walk-off single Saturday to upset No. 10 Oregon, Alexander reached base on each of her three plate appearances.
“We need our kids at the bottom of the order to have success like the top three are,” Gajewski said. “At the beginning of the year I thought [Alexander] was gonna be an every-day outfielder, but for whatever reason hasn’t performed the way that she’s used to. But the last few games have been pretty dang good.”
OSU’s pitchers had a relatively effortless day in the circle. Starter Kelly Maxwell got into a jam in the third inning, loading the bases, but managed to keep Drake (7-12) scoreless.
Logan Simunek got the save after coming in in the sixth, keeping the shutout intact.
Gajewski is confident in what his pitching staff has shown early on.
“These types of games test you and they’ve answered,” Gajewski said. “I have a good idea of who this staff is and what they’re gonna do. I’m very happy with the way they’ve performed up to this point.
“We’re nowhere close to playing our best softball yet. I don’t want to be at this point, but I still want to win games. It was a really good weekend.”