This is what Samantha Show came here to do.
Against a team that Oklahoma State has struggled against for the better part of a decade, and lost to already this season, Show was ready to go out and dominate.
Despite not feeling well heading into the game, the Texas A&M transfer pitched lights out to keep Tulsa off the board as the Cowgirl offense got going to beat the Golden Hurricane 5-0 at Cowgirl Stadium on Tuesday.
“This is what we are supposed to do,” Show said. “We are supposed to go out there and dominate and compete against any team. We are better than any team that we faced and that’s what we just showed everyone.”
The Cowgirls had lost five-straight to their in-state neighbors to the east and 12 of the past 13 contests. OSU took out the frustration a bit not only with Show in the circle – who tossed a complete game on just 73 pitches – but also at the plate from the very beginning.
With Tulsa putting out Chenise Delce, the same freshman from Carl Albert High who had shut the Cowgirls out last month, Rylee Bayless led off the game not wanting a case of déjà vu.
The senior outfielder from Kansas City, Missouri, belted a ball to the outfield to get on base and give some confidence to the OSU dugout.
“Rylee has been really good lately,” senior second baseman Madi Sue Montgomery said. “She has always been good but she has been really good. It is good to have a hot hitter to start you off because it gives everyone confidence that you can hit this girl. She did a really good job of that.”
Although the Cowgirls (33-11) racked up hits galore in the first two innings, they almost left the bases loaded twice before Montgomery stepped up for her second time on the day.
The Burleson, Texas, product hit a single to bring home Shalee Brantley – who was pinch running for Taylor Lynch – and put OSU on the board against Tulsa.
Montgomery, who would add another RBI to her day later to bring her career total to a program best 196, said she felt great coming up to bat when the game was at a breaking point.
“It was nice for sure,” Montgomery said. “Shalee is fast so it is good to have someone fast on the bases that can score runs. I felt good.”
The Cowgirls couldn’t add any more runs in the second as on the same play Brantley scored, OSU coach called for Kiley Naomi to also round third base for home as the freshman shortstop was caught in a bang-bang play.
“It was going to take a perfect throw,” Gajewski said. “The ball beat her there without a doubt. He is going to make the play and make it fast. It is what it is. I thought it was a close play and it could have gone either way. We have been aggressive in the past couple of weeks and that is why we are scoring runs and I didn’t want to stop that today.”
Naomi more than made up for the close play at home, though, as she turned a crucial double play to stop some of TU’s early momentum, bringing her to 11 on the year, which is the most for an OSU freshman ever.
Gajewski said the native of Maurice, Louisiana, is getting better at the plate and is one of the reasons OSU is playing so well currently in the midst of a seven-game winning streak.
“She is talented and when she hits the ball in the gap, it is like watching a video game how fast she gets around,” Gajewski said. “She means a lot to us. She isn’t hitting for a crazy average, but she is second or third on our team in walks, which is crazy and she is in the nine hole. The things she does on defense are amazing at times.”
OSU clung to a one-run lead against the Golden Hurricane (28-15) into the fifth when once again, Montgomery brought in a run that was a close play at the plate. This time, it was Stillwater native Taylor Tuck who rounded third in a pinch running situation to barely get past the catcher and give OSU its second run.
Cowgirl freshman Chyenne Factor tacked onto the lead to bring Montgomery in and then Show turned out the lights with a two-RBI double in the sixth. It was Show’s second double of the day.
Gajewski likes how the team is playing and though it did snap a losing streak to Tulsa, he didn’t want to make a big deal about the opponent so much as the win and also complimented players he has seen take it to another level like Show, Montgomery, Bayless and Chelsea Alexander.
“I don’t care if it is Tulsa, North Texas or Wichita State, whoever we play in midweek games,” Gajewski said. “We have to play well and if we play well, we are pretty dang good. I think we are seeing that now and are starting to see some consistency and see some kids grow.”