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Kindall Moon pitches in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against Lincoln University. Moon gave up only four hits in the game . -photo by Trey Scales

**For Immediate Release**
Strong Arms, Bats and Hearts Lead OPSU in 3 Wins
by Aggie Sports on 04-03-06

Goodwell, Okla.- The Oklahoma Panhandle State softball team took three of four games in last weekend’s series against Lincoln University. Several Lady Aggies had outstanding perfromances, including a no-hitter by Rachael Hughes on Saturday.

The Lady Aggies hit well, especially senior Jennifer “C.J.” Costeldia, who has become one of the most respected hitters in the Heartland Conference. The catcher from Grand Junction, Colo. also consistently kept Lincoln runners on their toes all weekend with her strong throwing arm.

The pitching gem by Hughes in Saturday’s 15-0 win was a great story on its own merit. The junior from Topeka, Kan. had not played in two weeks because of a painful back injury, but she was virtually unstoppable Saturday afternoon. The only two Lincoln batters to reach base in the game did so on a walk and an error.

After the game, with both the shoulder and elbow of her pitching arm packed in ice, Hughes wore a big smile and gave her teammates plenty of credit for the victory, citing both their run production and their defensive work.

Those in attendance at both the Friday and Saturday doubleheaders had a great time, and the Lady Aggies played with strong hearts all the way.

LADY AGGIES 9, Lincoln 1

In Friday’s first game, the Lady Aggies jumped out fast and never looked back in their 9-1 victory.

Cathy Daza, Krystal Comeaux, Antonia Ramirez, Kindall Moon and Jessica Puckett each had two hits for OPSU and Costeldia drilled a triple.

Moon has pitched well for the Lady Aggies lately and gave up only four hits in Friday’s first game.

LADY AGGIES 8, Lincoln 7

Friday’s second game was not over UNTIL it was over, and the Lady Aggies held off a late inning Lincoln rally for a one run win and their third consecutive victory.

Costeldia smashed two home runs and a triple. Daza, Ramirez, Pam Moore and Courtney Harris each notched a pair of singles for the Lady Aggies

Lincoln 18, LADY AGGIES 4

In Saturday’s first game, the Blue Tigers erupted for seven runs in both the second and the fourth innings for their only win of the series.

The Lady Aggies still had their share of excitement as Daza and Jackie Cornish both had triples, and Puckett, a freshman, had a wild inside-the-park home run.

LADY AGGIES 15, Lincoln 0

The Lady Aggies saved the best for last as they hammered Lincoln 15-0 in the final game of the four game series.

Second baseman Daza, a freshman from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, played well in all four games and hammered her first home run of the season in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Ramirez, Comeaux, Costeldia, Cornish, and Harris all had two hits for OPSU.

The day belonged to Hughes, who methodically mowed down Lincoln batters for her second no-hitter in as many seasons. The no-hitter was aided in large measure by the splendid play in the field, notably by Cornish, Harris, and Comeaux in the outfield and Moore at shortstop.

At the end of the weekend, Costeldia’s season batting average stood near .350. Junior third baseman Ramirez, a Tombstone, Ariz. native and a solid hitter for OPSU this season, upped her season average to near .340 with her performance in the four games.

The Lady Aggies and their fans were elated after Saturday’s wins and celebrated the team’s fourth win in five games. First year head coach Nikki Cothran was also all smiles. “Things are coming together for us very well both on defense and offense. I’m very proud of our effort.”

Cothran should be proud as the three wins featured an outstanding team effort to complement the many individual accomplishments.

The Lady Aggies will be on the road for the remainder of the regular season. The Heartland Conference SoftballTournament is set for April 27-29 in San Antonio.




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