Oklahoma State holds graduation for seniors on back field
About the time the first pitch of Saturday’s thirdplace game between Texas and Texas Tech was being thrown, Oklahoma State’s senior softball players were lining up in the outfield on one of the back fields at the Hall of Fame Stadium Complex.
While all the other seniors at Oklahoma State went through their graduation ceremony Saturday morning, the softball team was already in Oklahoma City, preparing for the fifth-place game of the Big 12 Championships against Iowa State.
Surrounded by family and teammates, the OSU seniors got to hold their own graduation ceremony.
“Graduations are boring anyway,” OSU coach Kenny Gajewski said with a laugh. “We run them through a cap-and-gown deal, spray them with Silly String.
“When you play a spring sport, you miss graduation if your team’s good. And we plan on being good. I told them that the first day here, because we’re gonna be playing.”
Pendley wins Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player
With five RBI in OU’s 6-4 title win against Baylor, senior center fielder Nicole Pendley won the Big 12 Championships’ Most Outstanding Player.
She smacked a two RBI double to right center field on the first pitch she saw in the first inning to plate Jocelyn Alo and Shay Knighten.
And in her second at bat, Pendley blasted a threerun home run just over the center field wall to bring
Alo and Knighten home yet again.
“She looks a little bit different,” coach Patty Gasso said. “I don’t know if it’s postseason. She always seems to shine. Good solid contact and it’s going to all fields, which is a good sign. I’m really proud of her as a senior to walk away with this honor.”
Gasso confident ahead of Selection Sunday
With Oklahoma (50-3) at No. 3 in the RPI, Gasso isn’t feeling much stress before the NCAA Selection Show. Holding to tradition, the team will gather at her house to watch the show Sunday night (9 p.m., ESPN2).
“If we are not in the top-5, I would be extremely disappointed,” she said. “And I’ll say that publicly because this team has lost three games and done everything close to right.
“It’s not that we’re playing an easy conference play. We’ve got OSU, Texas, Baylor, all in the top-40 in RPI. We went out to Oregon. We did what we had to do to. Beat a good South Carolina team twice. It’s so out of our hands, but I do believe we’re a top-5 seed team.”
A year ago, OU was fighting to be a top-8 seed to earn the right to host a regional and super regional. The Sooners were ultimately a No. 10 seed.
Cowgirls hosting selection show watch party
With Big 12 championship weekend behind them, the Oklahoma State Cowgirls now must sit and wait to learn their NCAA Tournament destination.
The Cowgirls will host a public watch party for the selection show. It will be held in the varsity room on the second floor of Gallagher-Iba Arena.
At 38-20, this is OSU’s most successful season since 2011, and the Cowgirls are seeking their third straight NCAA Tournament berth under Gajewski. The last time OSU made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances was 2009-11, which ended with the program’s seventh appearance in the Women’s College World Series.