The No. 6/8 Oklahoma State softball team (24-6, 3-0) hosts Tulsa for a midweek contest at 6 pm on Wednesday before traveling to Waco, Texas, for a three-game series with Baylor. Games are slated for Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 1 pm
Watch, Listen, Follow
The Tulsa game can be streamed on ESPN+, as can Friday and Sunday’s games at Baylor. Saturday’s game between OSU and Baylor can be seen on ESPN.
All of the Cowgirls’ games this week can be heard on Stillwater Radio Networks at stillwaterradio.net and 105.5 KGFY with Bill Van Ness.
Live stats will be available online on okstate.statbroadcast.com. Fans can follow @CowgirlSB on Twitter all season for regular coverage and updates.
In the Rankings
As of March 28, Oklahoma State ranks:
• No. 6 in the USA Today/NFCA DI Top 25 Coach Poll
• No. 8 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
• No. 9 in SoftballAmerica’s NCAA Division I Softball Top 25
• No. 10 in D1Softball’s Top 25
• No. 10 in NCAA DI Rating Percentage Index
• No. 23 in NCAA DI Strength of Schedule
Oklahoma State From a Distance
Eight starters and several other important performers are back from the 2021 team that finished No. 6 in the final rankings and played in the Women’s College World Series. Five of OSU’s returning starters were also starters on the Cowgirls’ 2019 WCWS team.
Some of the most decorated players in Oklahoma State softball history are back, including returning All-Americans Hayley Busby and Sydney Penningtonplus 2022 preseason All-American Kiley Naomi. Pitcher Kelly Maxwell is on the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List and was invited to try out for a spot on the US Senior National Team in January.
Impact newcomers include the 2020 Shortened Season National Player of the Year and first team All-American Miranda Elish2022 preseason All-America first baseman Morgyn Wynne2021 first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference pitcher Morgan Day and 2021 All-Southeast Region catcher Julia Cottrill.
Notable Streaks and Trends
• OSU has won 13 of its last 14 games.
• OSU has won five of its last seven games via run rule.
• OSU has homered in eight straight games and in 14 of it last 16.
• OSU has blasted 22 home runs in its last seven games.
• OSU has held opponents to three runs or less in 12 consecutive games and has shutout five of its opponents during that stretch.
• OSU has tallied double digit hits in nine of its last 13 games.
• OSU has committed zero errors in 10 of its last 12 games.
• The Cowgirls have been ranked in the NFCA poll in each of their last 172 games, dating back to the start of the 2019 season.
• Sydney Pennington has started 237 consecutive games, which amounts to every game of her career.
• Kelly Maxwell has tallied double digit strikeouts in eight of her 12 starts this season.
• Kelly Maxwell’s 11-0 record on the year makes her one of just three pitchers in NCAA DI softball with an undefeated record.
• Miranda Elish has reached base in 10 consecutive games in which she’s appeared as a hitter, the longest active streak among all Cowgirls.
• Katelynn Carwile has at least one hit in 13 of her last 16 games, has tallied eight multi-hit games during that stretch and has elevated her batting average 215 points since February 27.
Series History vs. This Week’s Opponents
OSU leads its all-time series with Tulsa, 33-22, including a 19-9 record in games played in Stillwater. Heading into Wednesday, the Cowgirls ride an active four-game win streak against the Golden Hurricane that dates back to April 16, 2019.
In its series history with Baylor, Oklahoma State holds a 42-33 advantage overall, but the Bears own a 16-10 record in games played in Waco. The Cowgirls have won the last four over Baylor.
At the reins of Cowgirl softball, head coach Kenny Gajewski looks to get to even in his series history with the Golden Hurricane, which is currently set 6-5 in favor of Tulsa. Gajewski boasts an 11-6 record against Baylor.
Miranda Elish was perfect at the plate in the Cowgirls’ series sweep of Texas Tech. The senior from Crown Point, Indiana, went m8-for-8 with four home runs in the Texas Tech series and drove in nine runs, had 21 total bases and a slugging percentage of 2,625.
She hit a grand slam and a two-run homer in the first inning of Sunday’s victory. Elish is the only player to win both Big 12 Player of the Week and Big 12 Pitcher of the Week awards this season.
Kelly Maxwell was recognized as Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after no-hitting Texas Tech last Friday.The no-hitter was Maxwell’s first of the season, the fourth of her career and the third from the OSU pitching staff in 2022 .
She has now thrown at least one no-hitter in each of her three collegiate seasons. In her two wins over Texas Tech last weekend, she improved to 11-0 on the year after striking out 24 batters in 10.0 innings of work.
The Cowgirls hit a season-high six home runs in last Sunday’s 16-2 route of Texas Tech.
Five of Oklahoma State’s homers came in a 12-run first inning, which ties the program record for home runs in an inning set on May 10, 2019 vs. Iowa State.
The 12-run explosion came just two shy of the program record for most runs in an inning: 14 vs. Omaha on March 3, 2018.
OSU has launched 22 homers in its last seven games. Miranda Elish and Sydney Pennington – Oklahoma State’s career home run leader – each notched four during that stretch.
Built For The Big 12
Oklahoma State kicked off its Big 12 conference slate with a resounding series sweep of Texas Tech in which they outscored the Red Raiders, 32-3, in three games.
The sweep marked just the second time in the last decade that OSU has swept its first conference series of the season.
In a roster loaded with All-American talent, it’s a pair of underclassmen in the top half of the OSU lineup whose numbers jump off the page.
Sophomore Katelynn Carwile has at least one hit in 13 of her last 16 games and has tallied eight multi-hit games during that stretch. Since earning her first career start on February 27, Carwile’s batting average has risen 215 points from .214 to .429.
Brianna Evansa freshman out of Red Oak, Texas, owns top five marks in batting average (.397), runs scored (17), hits (25) and on-base percentage (.487) among her teammates through weeks.