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Shockers defeat Cowgirls, end 12-game win streak

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Oklahoma State junior Kiley Naomi awaits a pitch during Saturday's game of the Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State softball series on April 3, 2021 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State’s win streak comes to an end.

On Tuesday, the Wichita State Shockers defeated No. 11 Oklahoma State 3-2 at C. Howard Wilkins Softball Complex in Wichita.

The loss ended OSU’s 12-game win streak, a school record. OSU fell to 36-6.

“It was a tough night,” coach Kenny Gajewski said. “It just took us a little bit to get going. We finally started to get the bats awake in the four and fifth (innings) but too little, too late.”

WSU’s designated player Neleigh Herring hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, the deciding factor in the game.

Another WSU (34-9-1) solo home run from shortstop Sydney McKinney in the first inning and OSU second baseman Karli Petty misplayed a ball, allowing pinch runner Lauren Johnson to score in the fourth inning gave WSU its other two runs.

OSU didn’t get a hit until the third inning. They tied the game at two in the fifth inning with back-to-back solo home runs from catcher Reagan Wright and right fielder Michaela Richbourg.

“We got beat by a good team,” Gajewski said. “I know our kids are disappointed as all of us are, but we get to play again in a couple days.”

Designated player Hayley Busby, third baseman Sydney Pennington and Petty accounted for OSU’s three other hits.

Pitcher Carrie Eberle started for the Cowgirls, throwing four innings, allowing four hits, one earned run and four strikeouts. Kelly Maxwell entered in relief, throwing two innings allowing one hit, Herring’s home run. Maxwell’s record fell to 13-2.

Bailey Lange started for WSU, pitching the entire game. She allowed five hits and two runs with four strikeouts. Her record improved to 17-5.

Tuesday was the second time in three games Wichita State defeated OSU this season. The Shockers competed in the Mizuno Classic, beating OSU 9-2 on March 18 and losing 5-2 on March 20.  

“We get to play again in a couple days against a great team,” Gajewski said. “(We’re) back to conference play. Credit to Wichita State, they did a really nice job here. We’re looking forward to getting back home.”

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