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Notebook: Cowgirls sweep Texas with the help of Elish, Cottrill

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Miranda Elish

Miranda Elish throwing the ball.

OSU softball coach Kenny Gajewski hates senior day.

“I hate this day to be honest, it just takes a lot out of me cause I’m an emotional guy,” says Gajewski.

It was a day full of happy tears for the Cowgirls, as they completed a series sweep against Texas on Sunday. This came after defeating the Longhorns off a Julia Cottrill walk-off home run Friday, then due to weather conditions on Saturday, two wins on a Sunday doubleheader.

With this victory, the Cowgirls improve to 38-7 (14-1 Big 12), and the Longhorns fall to 32-15-1 (7-5 Big 12).

Here are some key points from Sunday’s doubleheader.

Miranda Elish’s injuries and impressive play

Miranda Elish pitched a dominant game early Sunday afternoon.

With one out remaining in the game, Elish was ready to capture the series against Texas after retiring 13 batters in a row at that point, not to mention her two-run home run in the third inning.

Then she grabbed her shoulder after a bad pitch.

“She’s obviously got some irritation... she’s a little tight,” Gajewski said.

Elish then exited the game, and pitcher Kelly Maxwell came in to finish the inning, capping off a 3-0 victory.

When it comes to the severity of the Elish's injury, Gajewski is unsure of her status.

“We don’t know, I mean, we’ll just see,” Gajewski said. “We’ll get an X-ray tonight or tomorrow and get a scan and go through it all.”

Gajewski revealed that the shoulder injury wasn’t the only thing wrong with Elish’s health currently, as due to weather conditions Saturday night, the team was being rushed down for shelter. When walking down a flight of stairs, Elish slipped, hitting her tailbone, which led to an emergency room trip and an X-ray for the starting pitcher.

“I woke up this morning and I didn’t know if she was gonna pitch,” said Gajewski.

Through it all, Elish played a spectacular game in all facets of the game, showcasing her talent.

Cottrill finding her role

Catcher Julia Cottrill doesn’t need to be superwoman for the Cowgirls.

“We just need her to be Julia, we don’t need her to be superwoman,” said Gajewski.

Even with this being true, Cottrill can still play the role of superwoman. On Friday night for example, when she hit the walk-off home run, or on Sunday, when she hit another home run to give the Cowgirls an early lead.

It’s not just about her performing well on the field though, as it’s clear her passion for the game is shining through her play.

“She’s another one that has fallen back in love with softball,” Gajewski said.

It’s not just Gajewski that looks after her on staff though, as her dad, Jeff Cottrill is in his fifth season on staff with OSU softball. Even with Jeff being around the team, Gajewski knows that he’s also a leader towards Julia.

“He’s (Jeff Cottrill) looking to me, you know, to lead her too," Gajewski said. "It’s not just him, I think he wants me to lead her.”

Senior celebration

After an emotional day like senior day, Gajewski is looking forward to just one thing.

“Looking forward to going home and... sitting in the chair," he said. 

Seven Cowgirl seniors were honored after Sunday’s doubleheader, some of which have been in the program for years, others, who have joined this season, like Morgan Day.

For Day, this isn’t her first senior day though, as she also had one at her former college, Illinois State, saying: “It’s kinda unusual that somebody gets two senior days. Even though she’s only been with the program for one season, the love and support she felt Sunday was real though, I felt just as honored at this one as I did one at a university I spent four years with."

Even with the sweep over a well-respected team like Texas, Gajewski is just happy it’s all over.

“It’s been an emotional ride... I’m just glad this weekend is over with," he said. 

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