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OSU Softball: Florida State Comes Through and Defeats Oklahoma State in Series Opener

Florida State came into Stillwater and gave Oklahoma State their first loss in three weeks. 

The Cowgirls had won 16 straight games, but ran into a strong Seminole team.

Florida State improved to 21-3, while OSU fell 18-2 on the season.

Kelly Maxwell started in the circle for the Cowgirls, but was not her usual self.

Oklahoma State Kenny Gajewski said the walks from Maxwell and Lexi Kilfoyl were the difference in the game.

“We gave up just too many,” Gajewski said. “Its more than what we’re use to and it’s hard to recover from that.”

Maxwell was amazing in the first, but Florida State got to her in the second.

The Seminoles got things going after a Hallie Wacaser single, scoring Mack Leonard to put them up 1-0.

Wacaser pinch-hit for Krystina Hartley, who didn’t even have an at-bat in the contest. 

OSU got a baserunner on in the second after Micaela Wark reached on a throwing error from Florida State.

Chyenne Factor reached on a fielder’s choice play that resulted in Wark being out at second, but that is all the Cowgirls could produce in the inning.

The Cowgirl offense was non-existent through the first three innings as they only had two baserunners and zero hits.

Things didn’t get any better for Maxwell in the fourth as a three-run home run from Florida State’s Michaela Edenfield pushed the Seminoles lead to 4-0. 

The Seminoles got another runner on after that, but Maxwell ended that quickly with a strikeout to end the inning. 

Kiley Naomi got on in the bottom of the fourth thanks again to another Florida State error, setting things up nicely for OSU.

Wark followed that up with a single up the middle, giving OSU their first hit of the night.

Katelynn Carwile reached on a walk, which set up a bases-loaded opportunity for Factor.

The senior came through, shooting a ball into right field, scoring Naomi and cutting the deficit to three.

Morgyn Wynne got involved in the next at-bat, driving in a run off her base hit, making it 4-2.

Taylor Tuck hit into a fielder’s choice, but it produced a run after another throwing error by the Seminoles, cutting Florida State’s lead to 4-3. 

After Megan Bloodworth was hit by a pitch, Rachel Becker drew a walk, scoring another run and tying the game 4-4. 

Naomi kept things going in the fifth with a screaming double off left field wall.

After a Wark strikeout, Carwile came to the plate. 

The junior reached base after a throwing error by Florida State, scoring Naomi and giving OSU a 5-4 lead.

Maxwell came back out and got the first out in the sixth, but then was replaced by Kilfoyl.

The transfer’s outing didn’t start out too hot as the Seminoles scored a run on a fielder’s choice, making it 5-5. 

Florida State got two more off a single from Kalei Harding, giving them the lead 7-5.

After Becker drew a walk in the sixth, Tallen Edwards hit a double to center field, putting runners on second and third for Naomi.

The Seminoles intentionally walked Naomi, which set up a bases-loaded spot for Wark with two outs.

Wark didn’t come through, hitting a fly-ball that was caught by the Seminoles, ending any chance OSU had in that inning.

OSU went scoreless in the seventh, giving Florida State the 7-5 win.

Gajewski said he is excited about the next two games.

“This is going to be a weekend of figuring out what you got to get better at.” Gajewski said. “Excited to see how we respond now tomorrow.”

The Cowgirls will look to get one back in game two of the series tomorrow at 2 p.m.