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Into McElroy: Cowgirls hit four home runs in victory against Longhorns

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Double play catch! Karli Petty makes the catch at second base for 2 outs to end the inning.

Oklahoma State coach Kenny Gajewski said he knew there wouldn’t be any secrets in this series.

After seeing the Longhorns four times already this season, Gajewski said this was a series of who was simply better.

Friday was the fifth meeting this season between OSU and Texas, and like the past four, OSU won. The Cowgirls defeated the Longhorns 6-1 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater in game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional.

“This thing is a long way from being done, but it feels good to win the first game,” Gajewski said. 

OSU (46-9) is a win away from advancing to the Women’s College World Series in OKC.

OSU had seven hits, four of which were home runs. First baseman Alysen Febrey hit two – a two-run shot off the batter’s eye in the first inning and a solo home run in the fourth.

Right fielder Hayley Busby hit a deep solo home run in the fourth, which bounced off the sidewalk and on to McElroy, bumping into a passing car’s tire.

In the sixth, with a comfortable 4-1 lead, second baseman Karli Petty hit a deep ball, cascading between the scoreboard and right foul pole for the fourth home run of the day.

UT’s (42-13) lone run came in the first inning. On a squeeze play, second baseman Janae Jefferson scored to give the Longhorns an early lead.

OSU pitcher Carrie Eberle threw a complete game, throwing 99 pitches, striking out three and allowing five hits.

Eberle allowed two hits in the first inning, before settling in and throwing three perfect innings as her teammates tacked on runs on the bottom half of the scoreboard. She earned the win, her 24th of the season.

“I think I just got a little bit more loose and a little bit better touch with my drop,” Eberle said. “It worked for me all day long, and we stuck with it. My defense played great behind me, and that's the name of the game."

Pitcher Molly Jacobsen started for UT, pitching three innings with three strikeouts before being replaced by Ryleigh White for the remainder of the game. Jacobsen earned the lost and her season record fell to 14-6.

“Tomorrow's the most important game of the whole year, like today was, and I told the team that before this game,” Gajewski said. “It's just one day at a time.”

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