Thursday, March 30, 2023

OSU Prepares For Bedlam Softball Series With Big 12 Regular Season Title – Oklahoma State University Athletics

the basics
With the Big 12 regular season title in line, the No. 7/7 Oklahoma State softball team (38–9, 14–1 Big 12) travels to Norman to take on the No. 1/1 Oklahoma (45–1, 14). -1 Big 12) from May 5-7 in the Phillips 66 Bedlam series. Games will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, 6 pm on Friday and 4 pm on Saturday

watch, listen, follow
All three games in the Phillips 66 Bedlam series are set to air nationally on ESPN Network’s network, with Michelle Smith and Beth Movins on call. Thursday’s game can be seen on ESPN, Friday on ESPN2 and Saturday on ESPNU.

Live statistics are available online at

Fans can follow @CowgirlSB on Twitter for regular coverage and updates throughout the season.

in the ranking
As of May 3, Oklahoma State ranks:
• Number 6 inches D1Softballthe top 25
• Number 6 inches softball americaTop 25 of NCAA Division I Softball
• No. 7 in USA Today/NFCA DI Top 25 Coaches Voted
• Number 7 in Softball Collegiate Top 25
• No. 8 Adjusted Rating Percentage Index in the NCAA DI

Oklahoma State from a distance
Winner of 21 of its last 24, Oklahoma State is in talks as a host for both the regional and super regional rounds of the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

The Cowgirls already have top-25 wins over Northwestern, Michigan and Arizona State, as well as a three-game series sweep over Texas.

Pitching and starting defense are important parts of OSU’s success. ace Kelly Maxwell Leads the Big 12 and ranks second nationally with 12.1 strikeouts per seven innings and ninth in the country with a 1.04 earned run average. He is also in the top 15 in lowest hits per game (sixth – 3.35) and shutouts (17th – seven) nationally.

Perhaps the best dual threat talent in the country, Miranda Elisho He has won his last 10 starts and recorded two no-hitters this season. He is in the top 10 of the Big 12 in batting average (10th – .378), slugging percentage (10th – .659) and on-base percentage (8th – .485).

Defensively, the Cowgirls claim top national rankings in fielding percentage (4th – .982), fewest errors (3rd – 22) and shutouts (14th – 14).

Notable streaks and trends
• OSU has won 21 of its last 24.
• OSU outclassed the Big 12 opponent with a combined score of 97-22.
• Since the introduction of Big 12 Play, OSU has increased its Adjusted RPI by four places – from No. 12 to No. 8.
• OSU is 28-2 on the first score and 31-1 on the lead after four innings.
• OSU has put opponents on five hits or less in 24 of their last 30 games.
• OSU has kept opponents on three runs or less in 28 of their last 29 matches.
• The Cowgirls have been ranked in an NFCA poll in each of their last 188 games since the start of the 2019 season.
, Miranda Elisho Enjoying the best offensive season of her career, has already set or matched single-season highs in base percentage, home runs, batting averages at bat and walks.
• In Big 12 play, Miranda Elisho Ranked in the top 10 in the league in batting average, hits, home runs, runs at bat, total bases, slugging percentage and base percentage.
, Miranda Elisho Has reached base in 12 straight games in which she has made a plate appearance.
, Sydney Pennington He has made 254 consecutive starts, which is the equivalent of every game in his career.
, Sydney Pennington Leads all Cowgirls and is sixth in the Big 12 in runs batting with 40.
, Sydney Pennington, chyene factor And Julia Cottrell Tied for sixth place in the Big 12 with 10 home runs.
, Kelly Maxwell is 6-1 with a 0.87 earned run average and leads the league with 86 strikeouts in 48.1 innings against the big 12 opponents. She is restricting the 12 big batsmen to .144 batting average.
, Kelly Maxwell He has counted double-digit strikeouts in 12 of 18 starts this season.
, Kelly Maxwell He has 221 strikeouts, placing him with Kim Ward (1995) for the 10th highest in a season in the history of the program. With 19 more strikes, she would match the highest single-season total scored by Cowgirl legend Michelle Smith, who hit a career-best 240 in 1989.
, Caitlin Carville Takes all Cowgirls to multi-hit games this season with 13 (10 two-hit games, two three-hit games and one four-hit game).
, Briana Evans Leads all Cowgirls and is fourth in the Big 12 in stolen bases with 14, behind Chelsea Alexander (VII – 12) and Kelly Naomi (10th – 9th).

Big 12. designed for
After grinding through a non-conference slate that included 11 games against teams with top-50 adjusted RPIs, OSU finished the Big 12 with five consecutive series wins over Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas and Texas. Play is opened.

The Pox’s 14-1 record through their first 15 conference competitions links the 2021 Cowgirls through as many games as possible for the best start to play the Big 12 in the program’s history.

Oklahoma State outclassed the Big 12 opposition by a combined score of 97-22, which included four shutouts and four run-rule wins in that stretch.

In search of their first Big 12 regular season title, Oklahoma State enters the final week of their regular season, stalemate with Oklahoma atop the conference standings at 14–1.

defense first
Oklahoma State’s defense leads the Big 12 and boasts a top national ranking in fielding percentage (4th – .982) and fewest errors (3rd – .982).

The Cowgirls haven’t made more than two mistakes in any game this season and have made just three defensive mistakes against Big 12 opposition.

kate is great
An underclassman, sophomore in a lineup full of All-America talent Caitlin Carville Owns the top rank among his teammates in runs scored (second – 29), hits (first – 44), doubles (first – 11), RBIs (second – 30) and total bases (second – 73).

He has recorded at least one hit in 23 of his last 32 games and has counted 13 multi-hit games over the season, leading all Pokes.

Carville reached base in 21 consecutive games from March 16 to April 22, the longest streak by any Cowgirls this season.

to the max
Leader of the Big 12 in strikeouts, strikes per seven innings and shutouts, Kelly Maxwell It continues to prove that he ranks among USA Softball’s top 10 finalists for Collegiate Player of the Year. In the midst of his career-best season, he has already set or matched single-season career highs in earned run averages, wins, completed games, shutouts, pitch innings, strikeouts and opponent batting averages.

The four-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Week threw 140 pitches in the Cowgirls’ extra innings battle at Florida State on April 28. Despite the defeat, Maxwell allowed one run, two walks and four hits, scoring 12 off 32. The Seminole batsmen suffered, starting the season on 12th with a two-figure strikeout on aggregate.

Sydney P
The home run queen of Oklahoma State and the career record holder in games played and games has elevated her game since her Big 12 play debut.

He ranks among Oklahoma State’s best in batting average (third – .314), runs scored (tied – second – nine), hits (third – 11), home runs (second – four) and RBIs (third – 14). does. 15 conference competitions.

With a program record of 254 consecutive starts for Cowgirls, the graduate senior has tallied 10 multiple-RBI appearances in the year, five of which have come in conference play.

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