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June 26, 2012

UCO’s Timmermans to play in World Cup of Softball

EDMOND — Former Central Oklahoma star Nathalie Timmermans will participate in the 2012 World Cup of Softball this week as a member of the Dutch National Team.

Timmermans returned to the Netherlands shortly after UCO finished its season at the NCAA Division II World Series in late May and was selected for the 17-member squad after a week of tryouts.

She has been a member of the Dutch National Team since 2008, having played in the 2008 Olympics, the 2009 World Cup of Softball, the 2010 World Championships and the 2011 European Championships among other events.

Timmermans and her teammates open their round-robin schedule Thursday at 11:30 a.m. against Canada, with all games being held at the ASA Hall of Fame Softball Complex.

The Dutch will also play Brazil at 9 a.m. and Puerto Rico at 2 p.m. Friday, the United States at 11 a.m. Saturday and Australia at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  The five-day event ends Monday with the fifth- and sixth-place teams playing at 1 p.m., third- and fourth-place teams at 4 p.m. and first- and second-place teams at 8 p.m.

Timmermans was a consensus first-team All-American catcher for the Bronchos this spring after helping lead UCO to a 46-9 record and third-place national finish. She hit a team-high .463 with 23 home runs and 68 runs batted in, setting single-season school records for homers, runs (75), hits (81) and walks (30).

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