**For Immediate Release**
Lady Aggies Play Well in Conference Softball Tournament
by Aggie Sports on 5/01/05
Goodwell, OK - The Lady Aggie softball team of Oklahoma Panhandle State University hosted the Heartland Conference Tournament over the weekend and played well against some very tough competition including St. Mary’s, a true contender for the upcoming NCAA Division II national championship.Thursday and Friday, all of the competitors fought the sub-40 degree temperature along with the sporadic drizzle and still played some great softball.
LADY AGGIES 7, Lincoln 0
Despite the cold, the Oklahoma Panhandle State softball bats were warm enough and Rachel Hughes pitched her way to a 7-0 victory over Lincoln University in the opening game of the Heartland Conference Tournament on Thursday.
C. J. Costeldia and Pam Moore each had triples for the Lady Aggies and Tracy Glover, Jessica Sheridan, Amy Gillman, Kendra Gladson, and Costeldia all had RBIs. Krystal Comeaux, Amie McDougal, and Moore all had two hits for OPSU, the tournament’s host school.Hughes was effective for the entire game, giving up five hits and striking out five in a shutout. OPSU Interim Head Softball Coach Brad Vanden Boogaard was very pleased with the overall effort of the team and added that they were aggressive throughout the entire game. He added that Hughes’ pitching performance was an impressive one.
St. Mary’s 6, LADY AGGIES 0
Except for one inning, it was a bit difficult to tell which team was a softball powerhouse and which was not in St. Mary’s 6-0 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State on Thursday.
The game was the second of the day for the Lady Aggies and the third of a long, cold and wet day in the Heartland Conference Softball Tournament. After a scoreless first inning, nationally ranked St. Mary’s exploded for five runs in the second inning, powered by outfielder Kristin Simmons’ three run homer.
First baseman Amy Gillman had two hits in three tries for the Lady Aggies. St. Mary’s, the tournament’s top ranked seed, and national champion two years ago, out hit the Lady Aggies only 7-4.
St. Edward’s 3, LADY AGGIES 2
In probably the best game in the first two days of the 2005 Heartland Softball Tournament, St. Edward’s edged Oklahoma Panhandle State, 3-2 on Friday. It was the second game of the second day of the tournament and it began as a pitcher’s duel between OPSU’s Rachel Hughes and the Hilltoppers’ Robin Becker, who each pitched a shutout through three innings.St. Edward’s broke the tie in their half of the fourth to go ahead 2-0, and OPSU returned the favor to tie the game 2-2 halfway though the fifth. However, in the bottom of the fifth, St. Edward’s best hitter, Lindsey Heye, smacked a run-scoring sacrifice fly to put her team ahead 3-2. Heye came into the tournament as the third leading hitter in the league with a .411 average.Efforts by St. Edward’s to put the Lady Aggies away were thwarted by two great catches by OPSU left fielder Jacqueline Cornish. The first was a leaping grab at the fence, and the second was a shoe top snare while running in at full speed.OPSU’s Kendra Gladson and Pam Moore each had a pair of hits and Cornish had an RBI.The loss eliminated the Lady Aggies from the tournament which concluded on Saturday with St. Mary’s picking up a fifth consecutive league title.
Three LADY AGGIES Named All-Tournament
The OPSU softball team turned several heads with their competitive performance in this year’s Heartland Conference Tournament. So much so that three members of the squad were named to the All-Tournament Team – Amie McDougal (junior outfielder), Pam Moore (freshman infielder) and Krystal Comeaux (freshman outfielder).