OKLAHOMA CITY — It was her first season at Stillwater and left-hander Chelsea Alexander of the Oklahoma State Cowgirls was pretty accomplished as she made the Big 2 All-Freshman team and started 41 of the Cowgirls’ 61 games and hit .300 for the season. She hit .300 in the NCAA Regional in Fayetteville and stole two bases, but the Cowgirls lost. Alexander still made it to OKC and the Women’s College World Series.
Alexander told the story of transporting UCLA equipment.
“I worked there on event staff and helped unload the buses,” Alexander said. “I was getting gear out of the buses and carrying their luggage and gear everywhere. I thought, ‘this sucks, this is no fun.’ I loved working and being in the environment, but I carried bags for the teams I had just played against. I texted Coach G and wrote that we were going to the World Series next year.
Alexander told me after the Women’s College World Series press conference Wednesday before the Cowgirls’ home opener against Arizona Thursday at 8:30 p.m. that she remembered one team’s sacks in particular.
“UCLA, they had a bunch of heavy stuff,” Alexander detailed. “I remember them because we faced them earlier in the season.”
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Cowgirls compete three times in a row in the WCWS.
Alexander and the Cowgirls are carrying their bags and they have been for the past three Women’s College World Series. Graduated player Sydney Pennington, the longest-serving third baseman in Oklahoma State softball history, said the goal has changed. It’s not about getting to Oklahoma City. It’s about winning the national championship.
“We’re all thrilled to be here,” Pennington said. “The first two years our goal was to get here, but this year our goal is to win it. We can win it. We’ve been here and it’s good, but we’re all looking forward to finishing our careers on a good grade and win this stuff.
Head coach Kenny Gajewski says it’s been a long journey. The most recent part of it was a morning practice session at an indoor facility in Oklahoma City to hone the swings and work on some defense.
Gajewski knew the program would get there and now that he has all 12 big champions in Oklahoma City and his team focused on winning the championship, but mature enough to focus on going 37-20 in the first round, the Arizona, he wished he had taken more notes along the trip.
“It was cool to watch,” he said. “I wish I had taken more notes to read about it and remember my own perspective. It’s special, but winning is something all of our (Oklahoma State) teams do. »
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Maxwell needs to be at his quiet, competitive best in OKC.
Winning is something ace pitcher Kelly Maxwell does. The junior in the red jersey is the Big 12 co-pitcher of the year. She’s 19-4 with a 1.16 ERA, and she’s used her mastery of spin and changes in speed and location to knock out 279 batters in just 58 walks.
“You don’t just have to have speed to get strikeouts,” Maxwell said.
While her teammates in the circle Miranda Elish, who is injured and can’t throw, and Morgan Day are much more demonstrative, Maxwell is the ice maiden. She has little expression because she ruins the day for opposing hitters.
“I just think inside I’m competitive, just like Morgan,” Maxwell said. “I’ve never really been like that (demonstrative) since I was young. It doesn’t change what I do in the circle. I am competitive.
Yes, it is and the Arizona batters, who are hitting .325 as a team with 94 home runs, have struck out 261 times. A very good chance that the total increases on Thursday.