Kiley Naomi’s bat hasn’t been her best friend lately.
But in the biggest batting game of Oklahoma State’s senior season so far, the best thing she’s done hasn’t been swinging.
With two outs in an extra game, Naomi tied OU’s Nicole May four pitches in the top of the eighth inning and the Cowgirl defense took the lead for a 4-3 victory over the top-ranked. Soon for the title of the Big 12 tournament on Saturday at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium.
Naomi had just two hits in her previous 19 appearances, but celebrated her walk as enthusiastically as she would have hit a home run, throwing the bat and rushing to first base in front of the shelter of his team.
Naomi’s pitch error late in the eighth inning gave OU hope, but on the next play – another pitch in its own way – the pitch was on target, sparking a wild celebration on the very pitch where OSU hopes to play in the women’s. College World Series in three weeks.
‘A strong 7’: Oklahoma State softball enters Big 12 tournament in search of national top 8
Kelly Maxwell and Morgan Day combined to hold the Sooners to three runs on seven hits, with Day picking up the win in back-to-back games. She went the distance in Friday’s win over Texas, then allowed a run on three no-walk hits and three strikeouts in five innings against the powerhouse Sooners.
Defensive mistakes cost the Cowgirls dearly in last weekend’s Bedlam Series and they did it again on Saturday.
OU entered the board in the third with Tiare Jennings driving in a run with a single.
Two batters later, Grace Lyons skied a two-out popup into the infield and OSU second baseman Brianna Evans fought off the sun. Evans couldn’t get the ball back and Tiare Jennings came home to score to give the Sooners a 2-0 lead.
The Cowgirls tied it in the fourth, however, as OU starter Nicole May struggled to control, walking two before Hayley Busby’s RBI single chased May out of the game.
After Hope Trautwein came on, Taylor Tuck tied the game with a sacrifice ball on the left.
The Cowgirls took the lead in the fifth as Chelsea Alexander raced home to score after Chyenne Factor was caught in a preview between first and second after Factor’s bunt single.
Factor was eventually knocked out, but Alexander came home to score without play.
In the bottom half of the inning, Jocelyn Alo smashed the first pitch she saw over the left field wall for a solo home run to tie it.
Frame: What will the future of Big 12 softball look like after OU and Texas flee to the SEC?
This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Oklahoma State Softball Beats OU Sooners to Win Big 12 Tournament