Wichita State Shockers

WSU softball beats Oklahoma State to open NCAA regionals

Wichita State plays at 11 a.m. Friday in the MVC Tournament
Wichita State plays at 11 a.m. Friday in the MVC Tournament The Wichita Eagle

For just the second time in program history, the Wichita State softball team won a game in a NCAA Regional.

The Shockers prevailed 8-2 over Oklahoma State in their first game at the Fayetteville, Ark. regional on Friday afternoon, defeating the Cowgirls for the third time this season.

WSU (31-21) will play the winner of the Arkansas-DePaul game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. If WSU wins that, it would need just one more win on Sunday to advance to a Super Regional. With a loss, WSU would play again on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in a must-win game to stay alive.

After its high-powered offense sputtered down the stretch of the regular season, WSU's bats came alive on Friday. The Shockers finished with a barrage of 13 hits against OSU (38-21).

Oklahoma State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but WSU controlled the game after a four-run rally in the third inning.

Mackenzie Wright, the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, started the third inning off with a double, then scored the first run of the game for WSU with two outs. Ryleigh Buck tied the game with a RBI single and Paige Luellen gave the Shockers the lead with a 2-RBI single.

A throwing error allowed WSU to tack on two more runs in the fourth inning. Buck registered her third hit of the day with another RBI single to make it 7-2. Bailey Lange provided the final result with a RBI double in the sixth inning.