TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Samantha Show retired the final 18 Florida State batters and Michaela Richbourg blasted an opposite-field, two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning Thursday night to rally Oklahoma State to a 3-1 victory over the defending national champions in Game 1 of their NCAA Super Regional.
Richbourg’s homer scored Madi Sue Montgomery, who led off the ninth with a double. It was Richbourg’s 14th homer of the season, the highest single-season total posted by a sophomore in school history.
Show (20-7) closed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth.
It was the seventh time this season that OSU came from behind to defeat a ranked opponent, and it was the Cowgirls’ highest-ranked road win since defeating No. 1 Florida 1-0 in the Gainesville Regional on May 21, 2017.
“Obviously a really good softball game,” OSU coach Kenny Gajewski said. “I didn’t like the way we started. I thought (Florida State pitcher Meghan) King was really good and had us tied up, but we adjusted and got that done.”
Game 2 of the best-of-3 series is 6 p.m. Friday (ESPN) at JoAnne Graf Field.