Senior Kim Kaye and Megan Castle each had two hits as Oklahoma State's softball team defeated the Nebraska Huskers 8-2 Sunday afternoon and secured its second sweep of a Big 12 opponent this season. With the win, OSU moved into a tie with Missouri for third place in the Big 12 standings.
Oklahoma State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Kaye led off the inning with a solo home run, her 12th of the season and the 25th of her career. Both marks tie Jade Lindly for third in the school record books.
The Cowgirls added two runs in the third on four hits, including Kaye's second hit of the day. Alysia Hamilton's base hit to center scored Breana Casaus from second, and then scored on a single by Megan Castle up the middle.
Nebraska got its first run on the board when Crystal Carwile hit a leadoff home run to left field. Oklahoma State responded when Ashley Boyd scored on a double by Mariah Gearhart in the bottom of the inning.
The Cowgirls blew it wide open in the fifth inning. With two outs, three-straight walks loaded the bases for Jessica Meza. She hit a double off the centerfield wall that cleared the bases. Another walk was issued to Casaus and Gearhart was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Meza scored when a grounder by Katelyn Bright was mishandled by Heidi Foland at third base. Hamilton, who led off the inning, grounded out to the pitcher for the final out.
Nebraska scored its only other run in the top of the sixth when, with one out and the bases loaded, Julie Bretchtel hit a line drive into the gap in right center. Kaye made a diving catch from her spot in right field, which scored Carwile on a sacrifice fly. The inning ended when Haley Long was declared out on an appeal for leaving early from first base.
Freshman Sarah Odom started in the circle for OSU and threw four innings, picking up her eighth win of the season with four losses. Freshman Amanda Crabtree came on in relief in the fifth and threw three innings, picking up her first save of the season. Molly Hill took the loss for the Huskers, giving up six runs on eight hits in 4-2/3 innings.
With the win, Oklahoma State improved to 24-20 overall this season and 7-5 in Big 12 action. OSU's seven home conference wins are the most since the Cowgirls won seven in 2003. Oklahoma State has now won 10 of its last 14 games after starting the season 14-16 in its first 30 games.
OSU also ended two streaks over the weekend. The Cowgirls ended Nebraska five-game winning streak in the series, and also swept the Huskers for the first time since 2003. It was the first sweep in Stillwater since 1996.
The Cowgirls will host Oklahoma in Bedlam action on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Cowgirl Stadium. The game will be a continuation of the game on April 2 that was suspended due to rain.
Oklahoma State 8, Nebraska 2 NU 000 101 0 - 2 5 1 OSU 012 140 x - 8 10 2 Molly Hill, Alex Hupp (5), Kelli Linke (5) and Ashley Guile. Sarah Odom, Amanda Crabtree (5) and Ashley Boyd, Meghan Wagner (6). 2B: OSU-Gearhart (7), Meza (2). HR: NU-Carwile (7); OSU-Kaye (12). Time-2:20. Attn-285.