STILLWATER – The No. 9/9 Oklahoma State softball team dominated on both sides of the ball in game one NCAA Stillwater Super Regional, 8-1, against No. 19/19 Oregon Thursday evening at Cowgirl Stadium.
With the win, OSU improved to 45-14, while Oregon fell to 38-16. The Cowgirls elevated their all-time record in the Super Regional round of the NCAA DI Softball Championship to 9-3, including each of the last four.
Senior right-hander Lexi Kilfoyl got the nod and proceeded to go the distance, allowing just one earned run in her complete-game performance, her team-leading 10th of the season.
The Ducks scored their only run of the contest in the second inning courtesy of an Alyssa Daniell RBI single to take a 1-0 lead. Lexi Kilfoyl was lights out from that point on, retiring the next 17 Oregon batters in a row.
Kiley Naomi tied the contest at one apiece in the fourth inning with a solo shot to centerfield, her 12th home run of the season.
Naomi’s dinger jumpstarted a three-run fourth inning for the Pokes, as Micaela Wark sprinted home following an Oregon throwing error and Edwards tabbed an RBI base-hit to give OSU a 3-1 lead.
The fifth inning was more of the same, as OSU brought four runs across. Wark added the Cowgirls’ fourth run of the day with an RBI groundout. Morgyn Wynne followed Wark with a nail in the coffin: a three-run laser over the left-field wall to extend the Cowgirls’ lead, 7-1.
Chyenne Factor capped off the night with an RBI single in the sixth inning, elevating the Pokes’ lead to 8-1, their largest margin of victory in a NCAA Super Regional game in school history.
With eight runs tonight, the Cowgirls of 2023 have now scored a program record 360 runs as a team, surpassing the previous program record of 352 runs scored, which both the 2019 and 2021 Cowgirls reached.
The Pokes look to clinch their fourth-consecutive Women’s College World Series berth in game two of the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional tomorrow at 5 p.m. CT.
The game is set to be televised nationally on ESPN2 and can also be heard on the Varsity Network.