After sweeping its way through the NCAA Stillwater Regional, the No. 6 national seed Oklahoma State softball team (44-14 overall; 10-8 Big 12) hosts the NCAA Fayetteville Regional champion Oregon Ducks (38-15 overall; 14-10 Pac 12) in the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional from May 25-27.
Game one of the best-of-three series takes place Thursday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Game two is slated for Friday at 5 p.m. CT, also on ESPN2. Time and TV designation for Saturday's if-necessary game will be announced once details become official.
Watch, Listen, Follow
Each game of the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional can be seen on the ESPN family of networks with Kevin Brown and Amanda Scarborough on the call. Games one and two are set for ESPN2.
Each game of the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional can be heard on stillaterradio.net or The Varsity Network with Bill Van Ness on the call.
Live stats for all of Oklahoma State’s games are available online at statbroadcast.com.
Fans can follow @cowgirlsb on Twitter for regular in-game coverage and updates.
In The Rankings
As of May 23, Oklahoma State ranks:
• No. 5 NCAA DI Adjusted Rating Percentage Index
• No. 9 in the USA Today/NFCA DI Top 25 Coaches Poll
• No. 9 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
• No. 9 in the Softball America College Top 25
• No. 12 in the D1Softball Top 25
• No. 12 in Extra Inning Softball Top 25 Poll
• No. 13 NCAA DI Strength of Schedule
Oklahoma State From A Distance
In the midst of its third consecutive 40-win season – a feat it has accomplished just three times in its history (1988-90 & 1992-94) – No. 6 national seed Oklahoma State elevated its NCAA Regional winning streak to 12 games to advance to the Super Regional round for a fourth-consecutive postseason.
2023 marks the third-consecutive postseason that the Cowgirls have secured a top-eight national seed and the right to host an NCAA Super Regional. In each of the three previous seasons, OSU advanced to the Women's College World Series.
This is Oklahoma State's seventh-consecutive NCAA DI Softball Championship berth (which equates to every postseason of the Gajewski era) and its 25th all time. Seven-consecutive appearances in the NCAA DI Softball Championship is the second-longest streak in program history, trailing only the record mark of 11 set from 1988-98
As a team, the 2023 Cowgirls have already claimed team single-season records for doubles (100) and runs batted in (333), and they're on pace for record-setting season totals in batting average, on-base percentage and runs scored.
Leading the way for Oklahoma State on offense is a pair of All-America candidates in Rachel Becker and Kiley Naomi. Becker currently ranks in the top 10 nationally in batting average (.453 – seventh), doubles (21 – first) and on-base percentage (.565 – seventh). Naomi is further solidifying her name in OSU program record books in her fifth and final year as a Cowgirl. The NCAA DI active career leader in games played (262), the Cowgirls' shortstop has claimed OSU career records for double plays turned, assists and runs scored.
In its third-consecutive postseason as an NCAA Super Regional host, Oklahoma State enters the weekend with a 8-3 all-time record during the Super Regional round of the NCAA Softball Championship – including wins in each of its last three Super Regional games.
Against the Oregon Ducks, Oklahoma State owns a 15-9 series lead, including a 1-0 record in games in played in Stillwater. As the head coach of the Cowgirls, Kenny Gajewski is 4-2 versus the Ducks.
Last time out against the Ducks, Oklahoma State posted a 3-0 shutout victory over Oregon in its 2023 season opener on February 10.
Notable Streaks & Trends
• OSU has been ranked in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Poll in each of its last 261 games, dating back to the start of the 2019 season.
• OSU has earned a top-eight national seed in each of the last three NCAA DI Softball Championships.
• OSU has tallied a 22-8 NCAA postseason record from 2019-2023.
• OSU has won each of its last 12 NCAA Regional games, dating back to the 2019 postseason.
• OSU has won each of its last three NCAA Super Regional games, including its first ever Super Regional sweep (2-0
and 5-1 wins over No. 10 national seed Clemson on May 26-27, 2022, respectively).
• OSU has outscored its opponents 332-136, a +214 run differential.
• OSU has outscored its opponents 69-6 in the first inning.
• OSU has earned 16 wins via run-rule this season.
• OSU has claimed 23 wins by five or more runs this season.
• OSU has held opponents to five runs or less in 50 of its 58 games this season.
• OSU is 36-7 when scoring first and 24-3 when scoring in the first inning.
• OSU is 31-5 when it commits zero errors.
• Kelly Maxwell has recorded 215 of the Cowgirls pitching staff's 420 strikeouts this season, which equates to 51.1
percent of Oklahoma State's strikeouts.
Oklahoma State has positioned itself among the elite in 2023, with the numbers to show for it.
As a unit, OSU prepares for Super Regional weekend with several top-10 statistical ranking:
• .325 batting average (ninth in NCAA DI).
• 0.52 double plays per game (sixth in NCAA DI).
• 100 doubles (third in NCAA DI).
• 1.72 doubles per game (fifth in NCAA DI).
• .413 on-base percentage (ninth in NCAA DI).
• 214 walks (10th in NCAA DI).
• 21 shutouts (sixth in NCAA DI).
Becker's Batting Bonanza
Graduate infielder Rachel Becker has played at an All-America level in her first season at Oklahoma State and the final season of her collegiate career.
The first team All-Big 12 infielder boasts a .453 batting average and a .565 on-base percentage, both of which rank seventh among all NCAA DI hitters.
An NFCA Midwest All-Region second team honoree and one of only two Cowgirls to start all 58 games for Oklahoma State this season, Becker leads NCAA DI in doubles (21).
To The Max
Perhaps the top left-hander in college softball, Kelly Maxwell has anchored the Oklahoma State pitching staff in her second year as the Cowgirls' ace.
The redshirt senior and two-time All-Big 12 first team athlete leads the conference strikeouts (215) and strikeouts per seven innings (11.4). For reference, her 215 strikeouts this season is more than 111 NCAA DI teams. She is one of just six pitchers in program history to record 200+ strikeouts in multiple seasons at Oklahoma State.