Softball Hosts Mizuno Classic

Senior Alysia Hamilton and the Cowgirls will host the Mizuno Classic this weekend.

Senior Alysia Hamilton and the Cowgirls will host the Mizuno Classic this weekend.

March 10, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. (OSU Athletics ) -- The 20th-ranked Oklahoma State softball team will host the Mizuno Classic from Friday, March 11th through Sunday, March 13th. Minnesota, Northern Colorado and Northern Iowa will be the other three teams competing this weekend. Admission is $5 for an all-day ticket.

The Cowgirls (16-5) are coming off a 10-1 victory on Wednesday evening when they run-ruled Wichita State in five innings. OSU is batting .312 as a team and has a 1.99 team earned run average. Senior Mariah Gearhart leads the team with a .446 average, 25 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. Kat Espinosa leads the Cowgirls in the circle with a 9-2 record, a 1.69 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 70.1 innings pitched.

Oklahoma State is 6-0 all time against Northern Iowa including two wins last season. The Panthers are 9-6 and are hitting .304 as a team while the pitching staff has a 2.21 ERA. The Cowgirls have an all-time record of 3-0 against Northern Colorado including two wins against them in the 2009 Mizuno Classic. The Bears are 1-12 on the season and have a .205 team batting average with a 10.31 team ERA. OSU is 6-4 all time against Minnesota and last played them in 2007 in a game that ended in a 1-0 loss. The Golden Gophers are 11-8 on the season.

Mizuno Classic Schedule

Friday - March 11th

11:00: UNCO vs Minn.

1:30: UNI vs UNCO

4:30: OSU vs Minn.

7:00: OSU vs UNI

Saturday - March 12th

11:00: Minn. vs UNI

1:30: OSU vs UNCO

4:30: No. 2 Seed vs No. 3 Seed

7:00: No. 1 Seed vs No. 4 Seed

Sunday - March 13th

9:00 - Consolation Game

11:00 - Championship Game



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