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Home runs and shutouts: Febrey and Eberle order up the usual

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Alysen Febrey makes contact during the No.14 Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State softball game on March 8, 2020 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma

It was the same old, same old for the Cowgirl’s on Sunday.

For Carrie Eberle and Alyson Febrey that just happens to be really good.

Oklahoma State beat Tulsa 7-0 on Sunday, completing the Cowgirls perfect record in the weekend series.

Febrey, a senior first basemen, continued her powerful start to the season. Febrey hit two home runs in the game, including a 2-run shot in the sixth inning. Both hits were scorched to left-center field, whizzing by the American flagpole and wooden outfield deck.

“She’s our power,” coach Kenny Gajewski said. “It’s what she’s been since she’s been here. It’s exciting to watch her get going again”

Febrey entered the game with four home runs on the year – an OSU team-high. Two other Cowgirls hit home runs, but Febrey increased her lead on the team.

Febrey is third in the batting order, and brings consistent pop at the top of the lineup is a key piece of OSU’s success.

“It’s what good teams have,” Gajewski said.

“It’s good to have people at the top that can really bang…It’s good to see, it’s good to watch. We like to put some power threats up high in the order, it’s what we’ve always done. And it’s nice when they’re going well.”

Hitting home runs is also nice when combined with a pitcher who can shut down the opposition.

Eberle is that pitcher.

Coming into the game, Eberle was 6-0 with a 0.83 ERA. Although Tulsa was coming off back-to-back games scoring nine and eleven runs, they could not muster any offense against Eberle.

“Carrie was really good,” Gajewski said. “I thought (Tulsa) hit one ball halfway good. Their other two hits were infield hits. I thought that she pitched well, again.”

The Golden Hurricane had just three hits and, until the fifth inning, had more hit batters than hits.

For the two OSU stars, their consistently strong performances always give the team confidence – even if the home runs from Febrey and shutout innings from Eberle are pretty frequent.

Eberle said it is nice pitching for a team with plenty of talent. Febrey said the feeling is mutual.

“I think that as a whole team, it’s never a thought that we will lose,” Febrey said. “Just being behind Carrie, with her demeanor and how she pitches. We’re all really positive and we have all of our faith in her.”