STILLWATER, Oklahoma – The No. 7 national seed Oklahoma State softball team clinched a trip to the NCAA Women’s College World Series with a 5-1 win over 10th-seeded Clemson on Friday at Cowgirl Stadium.
With a Cowgirl Stadium attendance record of 1,384, the Cowgirls improved to 46-12 and advanced to their third-consecutive WCWS.
Since the Super Regionals were added to the NCAA postseason in 2005, it is the first time in program history OSU reached the WCWS undefeated in postseason play.
Morgan Day (13-4) got the win, tossing 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and one run. She recorded five strikeouts, putting her at 104 on the season. She joined Kelly Maxwell and Miranda Elish as the only pitching staff in OSU history to have three pitchers with 100+ strikeouts.
Kelly Maxwell came on and logged the save, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing no hits.
The Cowgirls cracked the board in the first inning. Chelsea Alexander reached on a dropped-third strike, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home on an RBI groundout from Chyenne Factor. OSU is 34-3 when scoring first this season.
In the second inning, three consecutive Clemson errors on groundballs to the shortstop scored Karli Petty, with Julia Cottrill and Kiley Naomi on base. Chelsea Alexander bunted for a hit, scoring Cottrill, and Naomi came around to score on a groundout from Factor.
After Clemson’s McKenzie Clark put the Tigers on the board with a solo home run, Karli Petty followed in the top of the fourth with a home run of her own, her fourth.
Up next, the Cowgirls will head to Oklahoma City and are slated to face the winner of the Starkville Super Regional starting Thursday, June 2.