A third consecutive trip to the Women’s College World Series looks achievable for the state of Oklahoma in 2022. As the season countdown continues, check back regularly to okstate.com for a breakdown of the Cowgirls roster by group. position. A look at the infield:
Third baseman Sydney pennington and shortstop Kiley naomi form one of the best left sides of the infield in the country. In front of them, freshman Brianna evans and junior Karli Small are both viable options at second base while the Kansas move Morgyn Wynne is favored to get the green light on first base.
An All-American comeback and Oklahoma State’s all-time home run leader, Pennington has been a key cog in back-to-back WCWS appearances from Oklahoma State. She has started 192 straight games since 2018 and ranks in the top 25 on OSU’s career rosters for hits, runs scored, RBIs, doubles, times touched by the pitch and sacrificial flies. . A consistent producer on the plate and unparalleled defenseman on the field, Pennington has carved out a place among America’s top third basemen.
To his left is an All-American performer in Naomi shortstop for the Cowgirls. Just watching her play, it would be hard to find a part of the game that she doesn’t excel at. His figures, especially those for the 2021 season, confirm his nature to do everything. Naomi’s career stroke percentage of 0.578 puts her at the top of OSU’s all-time shortstop list. His 59 points scored in 2021 rank second on OSU’s unique seasons list. Naomi is as reliable as it gets with a career 0.311 batting average and a career 0.417 in basis percentage. She was honored by the All-Big 12 First Team and All-Region Third Team in 2021, but Naomi has bigger aspirations for the future, for herself and her team.
Junior Karli Small is returning to an infield unit she started in since her first season.
A season ago, she got the go-ahead as the third-team all-region winner. During the year, Petty totaled 31 RBIs, 32 RBIs and pitched eight home runs in 2021. Petty’s power – which only improved during the offseason as she led the team in the home runs in the fall – is an asset to the Cowgirls that will likely bring her into the lineup even on days she’s not on the court.
The youngest addition to the Cowgirl infield is Brianna evans. The freshman from Red Oak, TX wowed the coaching staff from day one. His complete athleticism earned him two starts in the fall games. The Extra Inning Softball Elite 100 rookie # 11 was named District MVP and All-State First Team in their 2021 senior season. A versatile athlete who has competed in powerlifting, basketball and sports. In high school athletics, Evans brings speed and power and poses a threat to the grassroots trails.
Kansas transfer Morgyn Wynne is a fascinating addition to the OSU roster and has the potential to be a two-time All-American graduate’s replacement Alysen febrey. Wynne and Febrey both started 18 conference games last season and have faced similar throws. A look at how their 2021 numbers are similar in the Big 12 game:
Wynne: .340 BA /.620 Slg. PCT / .476 OBP
Febrey: .322 BA / .661 Slg. PCT / .373 OBP
Wynne: 5 doubles, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 31 goals in total
Febrey: 5 doubles, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 39 goals overall
Febrey has been spectacular in his two years at Oklahoma State and rightfully earned a spot among the nation’s most feared hitters, but there’s real reason for the optimism surrounding Wynne. Even more interesting is what Wynne can do at batting in an OSU formation that gives her a lot more protection than the formation she led at Lawrence.
Among the best in the country, the Oklahoma State infield is an integral part of a 2022 Cowgirls roster with the goal of a third consecutive WCWS trip.