Maxwell throws no-hitter in blowout of Missouri State

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Kelly Maxwell prepares to throw pitch during the No.14 Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State softball game on March 8, 2020 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kelly Maxwell doesn’t look like a freshman. 

In her collegiate debut, she threw a perfect game. Sunday against Missouri State, she added another no-hitter to her resume. 

The Oklahoma State softball team beat Missouri State 11-0 behind Maxwell’s dominance in the circle, clinching a perfect weekend at Cowgirl Stadium.

Maxwell threw eight strikeouts and walked only two batters. She never looks flustered on the field.

“I’ve always been composed,” Maxwell said. “[Friday] I kind of struggled with some things mechanically so being able to work on that yesterday and being able to prove that today was helpful.”

Coach Kenny Gajewski is proud of the way Maxwell, who redshirted last year, handled her first year in Stillwater.

It’s difficult for such a talented player to sit on the bench. 

“In this day and age, with somebody like her, 90% of kids [transfer] because they’re unhappy and [they think] it’s not fair,” Gajewski said. “Most kids today just don’t put their heads down and work.

“That’s the coolest thing about this. She deserves everything that she’s getting up to this point.”

At the plate, the No. 12 Cowgirls (18-5) gave Maxwell plenty of run support. They have been hitting with some serious power lately, and that continued against the Bears. 

The Social, an OSU fan group, has watched a lot of balls soar over its head in right-center field.

First baseman Alysen Febrey and shortstop Kiley Naomi blasted home runs that direction. Febrey’s was her fifth of the weekend. Although it was a foul ball, Naomi also almost caused some damage in the parking lot across McElroy Road.

“Some of Febrey’s home run would’ve maybe been out of our baseball field,” Gajewski said. “We’re really strong. We’re physical.”

The top of the lineup usually carries the load, but everyone was in on the action Sunday. From top to bottom, OSU got production.

Most notably, Michaela Richbourg continued a good run at the plate. She went 3-for-4, including an RBI double. 

Richbourg said OSU’s offense is dangerous when everyone is hitting to their potential.

“The bottom of the lineup is getting back to the top and rolling over really quickly,” Richbourg said. “I think one through nine is starting to come around and stay hot each time.”

With the victory, the Cowgirls finished their second-straight weekend 5-0.

They have extended their winning streak to 11 games. 

“It’s a Sunday, but you still gotta fight,” Gajewski said. “I think this team is scary. This team is really good. They’re starting to settle in and play well.”

 

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