OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Cowgirls started strong in the Women’s College World Series with a win over Florida to kick things off, but with strong pitching performances from both Oklahoma and Washington, and struggles at the plate, the Cowgirls reached the end of the road on Saturday evening with a 1-0 loss to the Huskies.
The Cowgirls came into tonight’s matchup knowing it was either win or go home after a 6-1 loss to the Sooners on Friday night, and the Huskies were playing for the second time today after taking the 5-3 win over Minnesota this morning, which was delayed by weather for three hours and nine minutes in true Oklahoma fashion.
Senior Samantha Show took the mound for the Cowgirls to lead things off and kept the Huskies off the board for three innings until the bottom of the fourth where senior Amirah Milloy hit a strong drive into night field for a 1B allowing Taryn Atlee to score Washington’s only run of the game.
One run was all Washington needed as senior pitcher Taran Alvelo hit a Washington WCWS record with 16 strikeouts shutting out the Cowgirls and keeping the Huskies’ chances at the national title alive.
OSU’s Show held dominant performances inside the pitcher’s circle throughout the postseason, as well as at the plate where her two home runs against Florida put OSU in the winners bracket to start the tournament.
Show was put to the test in pitching duals with OU’s G Juarez and Washington’s Taran Alvelo, and ultimately the Cowgirls saw their hopes of a national title slip away with opposing pitching and strong outfield defense from OU on Friday night and Washington tonight.
The Cowgirls will leave the WCWS with a 1-2 record, and the Huskies will advance to Sunday’s matchup against a familiar foe, the UCLA Bruins.
The Huskies will have to beat the Bruins twice in one day to have a shot at the best-of-three championship series beginning Monday as the chase for the national title continues in Oklahoma City.