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March 20, 2013

OSU softball hopes to continue momentum in final stretch of non-conference

STILLWATER — With the Oklahoma State Cowgirls Big 12 opener against Texas Tech coming up next week, softball coach Rich Wieligman hopes his girls can continue their momentum in the final stretch of non-conference.

“We want to keep going,” Wieligman said. “We want to keep getting better. Keep doing what we are doing. Our kids have gotten on a roll here and are combining hitting, pitching and fielding.”

Oklahoma State is riding a 12-game winning streak and re-matches with North Texas at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Cowgirls’ Stadium. The Cowgirls won 8-0 in the Lovelace Invitational last month. Wieligman said one of the keys to his team’s success is their offense is taking shape.

“We are starting to fall into a routine with the lineup depending on who’s catching,” Wieligman said. “They have done a really good job. The best thing we did was move Tamara Brown to lead-off. She’s getting on base with both walks and hits.”

The Cowgirls (19-12) are coming off the South Florida Invitational, where it won five games and allowed just two runs. Senior pitcher Kat Espinosa went 3-0 and didn’t give up an earned run.

“We played some really good defense,” Wieligman said. “Against Robert Morris it was 0-0 for six innings until we were able to score. ... Sim (Simone Freeman) struck out 15. I don’t think they would have scored.”

Oklahoma State closes the week in Albuquerque, N.M. and plays twice against New Mexico and one game against Siena. Though the Cowgirls open conference on March 28, they still have two non-conference games against Wichita State on April 3 and 10.

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