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OSU reverts back to its old self in comfortable win

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OSU shortstop Kiley Naomi looks to throw during the Oklahoma State vs. Wichita State softball game on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State simply played like itself. When you are a top-10 team in the country, that is a good thing.

No. 10 OSU beat Kansas 12-0 on Sunday in a run-rule victory.

The win gives OSU (26-5) a winning conference record and the series victory. They got the victory through excellent pitching from senior Carrie Eberle and electric batting.

“Here today, Carrie was Carrie, and our bats were what we feel like they can be,” coach Kenny Gajewski said.

The Cowgirls struggled earlier in the series and dropped the first game on Friday night. Gajewski said the 5-inning shutout victory on Sunday did much to make the series a success, and the bus ride back to Lawrence more enjoyable.

“Great way to finish the weekend out, to get the series win,” Gajewski said. “Friday night I was probably as disappointed and irritated as a coach could be in our staff. We laid an egg and played about as bad as we could possibly play with five errors.”

In this game, OSU returned to form typical of a team of their caliber.

Eberle gave up just three hits and one walk in her four innings of work as the starter. The shutout improved her already low ERA to 0.61 on the year.

Offensively, OSU got hot early and did not relent.

The Cowgirls scored in the first four innings of play, punctuated by a 6-run third inning that featured yet another “Bus-bomb.”

In that inning, senior Haley Busby drove a pitch over the right field wall with two runners on. The home run was her tenth of the season, and served to put OSU in great position.

The entire OSU offense showed what it was capable of in the final game of the series. Nine Cowgirls had at least one hit in the game.

The left side of the infield showed some pop. Both junior shortstop Kiley Naomi and senior third baseman Sydney Pennington had home runs.

With the game in hand, senior pitcher Logan Simunek entered to work a clean fifth inning and multiple Cowgirls came off the bench to hit and pinch run. Everyone on the team looked sharp, and it showed on the scoreboard.

“It was really fun to watch, and to get almost everyone in this game was a really good sign,” Gajewski said. “(That is) the way good teams finish out.”