3 Points from Day One of the St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational

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OSU shortstop Kiley Naomi throws the ball to first during the No. 13 Oklahoma State vs. No. 5 Florida Women's College World Series softball game three on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at USA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

So far, so good for the Oklahoma State softball team in the St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational.

The Cowgirls won both of their games Thursday, first with a 14-6 victory against Virginia Tech before defeating South Florida 5-1 later in the day. 

Here are three takeaways from day one of the season’s second weekend.

Eberle Faces Former Team

Carrie Eberle didn’t start in the circle, but she still made an impact against her former team.

Eberle played her first three seasons at Virginia Tech before transferring to OSU for her final year of eligibility. She was last season’s ACC Pitcher of the Year.

Thursday, Eberle relieved starter Logan Simunek. She gave up just one run in her two innings in the circle. 

Eberle wasn’t limited only to defense though, as she logged her first hit as a Cowgirl, hitting a single in her only plate appearance.

Naomi’s Tear Continues

Kiley Naomi didn’t take long to continue her smoking start to the season. 

Given the role of lead-off hitter, Naomi homered in the first at bat of the Virginia Tech game to give the Cowgirls a quick lead. It was her second home run of the season.

She wasn’t done there though. Over the two games of the day, Naomi reached base five times, drove home two RBIs and stole three bases.

This season, she leads the team in RBIs and is tied for first in hits and home runs.

With her elite defensive play, Naomi has the chance to be one of the best shortstops in the country if she continues this kind of success at the plate. 

Home Run Cowgirls

The Cowgirls have shown off some serious power over the first two weekends of the season. 

Their game against Virginia Tech was a perfect example. 

OSU was up 2-0 after two at bats because of home runs. Naomi homered in the lead-off spot, then Alysen Febrey launched another one a few pitches later. It was each of the players’ second home run of the season.

Hayley Busby added a third home run in the sixth, the junior transfer’s first at OSU.

In the first six games of the season, OSU has hit eight home runs.