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Highlights from Houston

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Kelly Maxwell (left) and Madison Neighbors (right) high-five during the No.14 Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State softball game on March 8, 2020 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma

The Cowgirls may have scheduled their double header today at the last minute, but they came to play. Oklahoma State defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi by a score of 11-0 and followed that up with a 12-4 rout of Tarleton State. Here are some notes from OSU’s Sunday games in Houston.

No-hitter for Kelly Maxwell

Sophomore pitcher Kelly Maxwell continued her terrific start to the season in impressive fashion when pitching the first game of the day against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Maxwell did not give up a hit in her complete-game performance, and she struck out 10 Islander batters. Opponents have hit a paltry 1-39 off Maxwell this season, and she became just the seventh player in Cowgirl history to throw three or more no-hitters.

Haley Busby was impressive with the bat

Senior infielder Haley Busby was about as productive as could be at the plate on Sunday. Busby only got four combined at bats over the two games, but she made the most of them. Busby went 4 for 4 with two doubles on the day and had 4 RBIs. Busby turned a rally into a big inning with her 2-run double in the first inning of the second game and was one of the most impressive offensive players in both games.

OSU makes offensive Statement

The Cowgirls traveled to Houston for warmer weather, and their batting was blistering. OSU had a double-digit run count in three of its four games. The Cowgirls capped Sunday off with a 12-run performance against Tarleton State. The first inning was a good one for OSU on Sunday, with 6 of its combined 23 runs coming in that frame. Although the opposing pitching will strengthen as the Cowgirls get further into the season, they have shown early that their lineup could prove to be formidable.

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