The Edmond Sun

Sports

February 21, 2013

OSU Cowgirls softball heads to Cathedral City Classic

STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State University softball team will face their toughest competition of the season when it plays No. 5 Florida, No. 16 UCLA and No. 20 Stanford in the Cathedral City Classic Thursday through Saturday in Palm Springs, Calif. The Cowgirls are looking to increase their scoring output.

“We’re getting there,” Oklahoma State coach Rich Wieligman said. “Our at-bats got better as the weekend went along. I look forward to us making strides and keep getting more consistent scoring runs.”

Oklahoma State (5-4) is coming off a 3-2 performance in last week’s Lovelace Invitational. Offensively, the Cowgirls had some bright spots, scoring eight runs against North Texas and hitting a grand slam against Dayton. OSU made some changes to its lineup as Amy Graham started at first base. Wieligman said he is still trying to find the best lineup.

“It’s only two weekends into the season,” Wieligman said. “We are going to continue to do that until we can settle in on a really strong lineup.”

Senior Samantha Chrisman was a key run producer with two doubles, a home run and 7 RBIs. Her play earned her all-tournament honors. Tarah Ettinger also earned All-Tournament honors.

The Cowgirls had strong performances from their pitchers. Junior Simone Freeman went 3-0 and only gave up five runs. Freeman also had better command as she walked five and struck out 26. Kat Espinosa went 0-2 on the weekend with her two losses coming in extra innings. Both of those games, Oklahoma State didn’t score in the first seven innings.

“(Freeman) does a great job moving the ball,” Wieligman said. “I think the first weekend wasn’t indicative of what we are going to see from her. I think the second weekend was more like what we are looking forward to seeing.

“Kat threw the ball exceptionally well too. We just need to find a way to get runs. Our pitching staff and defense is doing well, we just have to get more runs than the other team.”

Oklahoma State opens with Florida at 3 p.m. Thursday and followed by BYU at 5:30 p.m. Friday, the Cowgirls play Stanford at 10:30 p.m. OSU ends the tournament Saturday playing UCLA at 4:30 p.m. and Long Beach State at 9:30 p.m.

Andrew Glover is a sports reporter for the Stillwater NewsPress.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Kaiser joins Thunder ownership group

    Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser has been approved by the NBA Board of Governors as a new partner in The Professional Basketball Club LLC, which owns the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder Chairman and CEO Clayton I. Bennett made the announcement Friday. Kaiser is purchasing the ownership interest of Tom L. Ward.
    “We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Bennett said. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists. His commitment to successful business and community leadership is in true alignment with that of the Thunder.
    “I also appreciate the commitment and leadership provided by Tom Ward as a member of our ownership group from the beginning,” Bennett added.

    April 18, 2014

  • spts—UCO Kalynn Schrock smirk.jpg UCO’s Schrock earns NFCA Pitcher of Week honor

    Central Oklahoma’s Kalynn Schrock has been selected the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week, it was announced Wednesday.
    The senior left-hander from Choctaw had a dominating performance in the circle last week, going 3-0 with a save and an 0.48 earned run average. She gave up just 10 hits in 29 innings while striking out 32 as opponents hit just .106.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • OCU takes confidence into SAC men’s golf championships

    Oklahoma City University enters the Sooner Athletic Conference men’s golf championships Monday and Tuesday at Tascosa Golf Club’s LaPaloma Course coming off an historic performance.
    In the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational, the Stars shot a program-record 265 in the first round en route to setting OCU records for strokes under par in a 36-hole tournament at 29 on April 7-8 at John Conrad Golf Course in Midwest City.
    OCU takes aim at its fifth SAC championship in a row. The Stars won the program’s 17th SAC title in 18 years at Dornick Hills Golf & Country Club. OCU owns 21 league championships, 19 in the SAC.

    April 18, 2014

  • spts-ESF Neil Knight.jpg Wolves claim runner-up crowns

    The Edmond Santa Fe boys track team flexed its muscles in the hurdles and distance races while the Lady Wolves used improved performances in the relays as both teams came away from the April 11 Putnam City Invitational with runner-up trophies. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-LU Stan Holt head men's basketball.jpg Langston University names new head coach for men's basketball

    Langston University has named Stan Holt as head coach for the men’s basketball team.
    “We are excited and pleased to welcome Stan Holt — he is young and eager,” said Mike Garrett, Langston athletic director.
     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-EN Haley Felix blocked.jpg North soccer teams produce shutouts

    Edmond North’s defense keeps pushing the Lady Huskies higher in the district standings.
    Pitching yet another shutout Tuesday at North High School, Edmond North blanked Moore 4-0 for a perfect 3-0 district mark.
    “Defense as a whole played well once again,” Lady Husky coach Corbin Frank noted. “Senior Shanna Rolfs and junior Chandler Wilson led the way, keeping Moore from ever really threatening the goal.”

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 041514 Nor-Mor b 01.jpg SLIDESHOW: North soccer squads take on Moore

    The Edmond North soccer squads welcomed the Moore Lions for a pair of games Tuesday evening.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos 1 Slideshow

  • 041514 DC-McG 01.jpg SLIDESHOW: Deer Creek wins at Bishop McGuinness

    The Deer Creek Antlers traveled to Bishop McGuinness Tuesday afternoon for a twin bill.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg OPINION: Wildcats aren't champs but we're all still watching Calipari

    Kentucky coach John Calipari is a college basketball phenom for his ability to knit together championship-caliber teams of freshmen. How long will Calipari's success last as other coaches catch on?

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Oklahoma City FC invites fans to design club scarf

    Oklahoma’s top-tier soccer club, Oklahoma City FC, invites soccer fanatics across Oklahoma to be a part of its future by designing its scarf.
    Scarves are a tradition among soccer clubs and are typically a team’s most recognizable accessory. Scarves are a matter of pride for hard-core supporters and feature team colors, logo and inspiring slogans. Scarves are a part of a team’s identity.

    April 16, 2014

Photos