McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Homepage

April 9, 2013

OSU softball preview

McALESTER —

For much of the season the pitching staff for the Oklahoma State softball squad has been the foundation for eclipsing 20 wins on the year — and already have the Cowgirls one win shy of last year’s 25 victories with 14 games remaining.
But this past weekend, the pitching hit a rough patch which resulted in OSU suffering a series sweep against Iowa State — the first of the season for the Cowgirls.
“It was a tough weekend. We couldn’t make the pitches we needed to,” OSU coach Rich Wieligman said. “The ball just got up in the zone. The ball was up in the zone this weekend and we didn’t make the pitches when needed to.”
While pitchers Kat Espinosa and Simone Freeman just didn’t have their best stuff against the Cyclones, Oklahoma State (24-17, 2-4 Big 12) still kept the series competitive thanks to the offense — something that couldn’t have been said for the better part of the year.
OSU’s pitchers gave up 28 runs in the three-game series, but the offense kept pace with 21 as each game was decided by three runs or less.
“We fought, and even our pitchers fought hard — they were fighting an uphill battle with circumstances and I liked how they fought,” Wieligman said. “It’s important that they never gave up and we had a chance in every game. ... I like how they competed, we just didn’t do a very good job defensively (with nine errors in the series). Pitching and defense works together hand-in-hand and they weren’t this weekend.”
Though the Cowgirls are a relatively young squad — featuring two freshmen and two sophomores in the starting lineup — with soft-spoken leaders, Wieligman isn’t too concerned about how his players will respond from the weekend’s sweep.
“I think we’re fine. They are upset. They don’t like to lose,” the OSU coach said. “You can be as quiet as you want, but if you don’t like to lose and accept challenges then we’re fine. And they’ve been this way all year. They know what they need to do and they haven’t backed off.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
CANADIAN SHORES FIRE 3.jpg

Local Sports
Maceo Thomas 1

Having played on as many as 40 different disc golf courses and in multiple tournaments, Maceo Thomas said Saturday he hopes to someday be able to compete as a fully sponsored amateur player in the Professional Disc Golf Association. He appears here at Saturday’s mini-tournament at Eagle Hill Disc Golf Course in Krebs.

Features
Pet of the Week

This kitten, blind in one eye, is available for adoption at Renegar Animal Hospital, 1550 S. Main St. For more information on this and other animals available for adoption call 918-423-1960 or visit www.renegaranimalhospital.com.

State news
Area crime and courts
Poll

Do you agree with the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision?

Yes
No
     View Results
NDN Video
Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Featured Ads
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
SmugMug