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Scary Carrie: OSU ace to play in first Women’s College World Series

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Carrie Eberle jumped first.

As Texas first baseman Colleen Sullivan’s flyball landed deep in the netting of Oklahoma State’s left fielder Chelsea Alexander’s glove, Eberle celebrated.  

Jumping high into the air, fists aimed toward the sky, she ripped off her mask and threw he glove down, embracing first baseman Alysen Febrey before eventually being tackled down to the ground by the rest of the team.

“It is indescribable,” Eberle said. “To be able to just have that experience with this team, it is going to be amazing. This is what I came here to do and I mean this has been our goal all year long. To just be able to fulfill that and we’re not anywhere close to done so just go out there and give our best fight next week.”

A 2-0 victory over Texas on Sunday at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater punched Eberle’s first ticket to Oklahoma City to compete in the Women’s College World Series. This was her biggest goal when she transferred to OSU from Virginia Tech.

“This is just amazing,” Eberle said. “I could have never dreamt I’d be in this position five years ago when I started college.

Before the season had begun, Eberle said she’d come her for one reason. To reach the Women’s College World Series. She’d had offers from other schools. Florida and Kentucky were viable suitors when it became known she was transferring, but Eberle said she decided to take a risk.

It has paid off for her.

Before transferring, Eberle had only glimpsed postseason play once at Virginia Tech. The Hokies earned a spot in the NCAA Regionals her junior year, losing to Kentucky.

Her first season at OSU was cut short by COVID-19, making this season the deepest she has gone in postseason play.

Since arriving, Eberle has kept her ERA under 1.50, averaging 0.46 in 2021 and 1.41 this season. She has also led the pitching staff in strikeouts each season.

“OSU is the best decision I ever made,” Eberle said. “Win or lose this game, it is just such an amazing feeling to celebrate with these girls.”

Solidified as the ace, Eberle, a fifth-year senior, has one final chance to claim a WCWS title.

“I’m happy for her,” coach Kenny Gajewski said. “She has really worked hard at this and I’m really excited about that opportunity for her. I’m just excited for the whole world to see her and what she is about. “

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