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February 8, 2013

Cowgirls kick off softball season in Utah

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STILLWATER — “That will definitely be a strong point,” Wieligman said. “That will definitely help us out. We have some young kids that have come up and are playing well.”

Oklahoma State is coming off a 25-26 season and 8-16 finish in the Big 12. Some of the Cowgirls struggles had to do with their lack of hitting, as they batted .225 and only had two players hit more than .300.

“I think that it’s important that our offense gets off to a good start this year,” Wieligman said. “Our pitching did great last year and if they do what they did last we should be fine. We got some kids at the front of the lineup that will get on and move the ball around. It’s important that the middle our lineup drives them in.”

This season the Cowgirls aren’t taken it easy as 24 of their games are against teams that made last season’s NCAA Tournament starting with the University of Tennessee on Sunday in the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah. OSU will also face Florida on Feb. 21 and Stanford on Feb. 22 in the Cathedral City Classic. Wieligman said those games will help them prepare for tough games in the Big 12 and postseason.

“We want to win all our games and we want to play well,” Wieligman said. “The big thing is to see where we are at. We are playing five games, the big game against Tennessee. That will show us how far we need to go on the season.”

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