With the lightning came the runs for the Oklahoma State softball team Friday at the Cowgirl Softball Stadium.
The Cowgirls got a two-run double from Julie Ward in the bottom of the fifth inning — minutes after lightning was observed in the area — to give OSU a 2-1 victory over Iowa State.
“After five innings you can call the game or whatever, so in the huddle we said ‘Right here, right now!’ So we found a way to do it,” Ward said following the game, which had be moved up from 7 p.m. to a 3:30 p.m. start to avoid the weather. “... We saw that lightning strike and we thought they’d call it. But after we scored those two runs, we knew we were going to be fine.”
Shelby Davis started the fifth-inning rally for OSU with an infield single and was sacrificed to second by Kelsey Anchors. Tamara Brown got OSU’s second infield single of the inning to get two runners on for Ward, who doubled to center field to score Davis and Brown.
“Coach called me to the side when they had their timeout and said, ‘What do I need to say to you?’ I said, ‘Nothing, I’ve got this,’” Ward said.
OSU starting pitcher Kat Espinosa held the Cyclones to one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out six to earn her 11th win of the season.