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SPORTS FYI: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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SPORTS FYI: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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Cowgirl soccer selected for NCAA Championship

Oklahoma State has been selected as one of 48 teams for the 2020 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, earning the 13th NCAA tourney bid in program history.

The Cowgirls will be making their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth in the past eight years after posting a 12-3-1 record that included a 6-2-1 mark and third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference.

OSU was awarded the No. 10 national seed and will face the Colorado-South Alabama winner in NCAA second round action on either April 30 or May 1 in a to-be-determined site in North Carolina.

TU’s Perry, Pochop earn AAC honors

Alexis Perry was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, and Samantha Pochop was selected to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll after the Golden Hurricane swept Memphis, it was announced Monday.

Perry dominated from the plate, setting a new single-game record for runs batted in during the third game of the series. She drove in 7 Hurricane batters on 3 hits, ending the game with a double, grand slam and a run scored.

In the series finale, Perry continued her strong showing by adding two more RBIs on a double, while also scoring two runs. The senior third baseman did not play in the first two games of the series due to an injury.

Pochop received her third AAC weekly honor, by being named to the AAC Weekly Honor roll. She threw 8.1 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 6 hits while striking out 12 during the series. The junior drew the start in the second game throwing 6 innings on shutout softball, picking up her 7th win of the season.

ORU’s Denny garners Summit award

Oral Roberts’ Caleb Denny was named Summit League Player of the Week, league officials announced Monday. In the 2-1 series win against North Dakota State, Denny went 7-for-10 at the plate and drew four walks while recording multiple-hits and scoring multiple-runs in each of the three games. The Golden Eagles moved to the top spot in the league standings thanks to their two wins over NDSU.

He added an extra-base hit and RBI in each game against the Bison, going 3-for-4 with a home run and four runs scored in game one, 2-for-4 with two runs and a double in game two, and 2-for-2 with a double and two runs in the series-clinching win.

TU women’s golf on top at AAC Championship

Tulsa and East Carolina share the lead heading into Tuesday’s final round at the 54-hole American Athletic Conference Championships at the Pinehurst No. 6 Course in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The Golden Hurricane shot a 13-over par 301, while ECU had the best round of the day with an 8-over par 296 for 36-hole totals of 594.

The nation’s 31st ranked UCF Knights are one stroke back at 595 and two-time defending champion Houston, ranked 20th nationally, is five shots back at 599, while South Florida rounds out the top five schools with a 604 total.

Junior Lorena Tseng and freshman Tita Loudtragulngam turned in the best rounds of the day for the Hurricane with 2-over par scores of 74. Tseng is in a four-way tie for third place with a 2-over par 146 total. She began the day 3-over par after two holes and was 4-over par at the turn, but played 2-under on the back nine to finish the day 2-over par.

Cowgirls golf in command at Big 12 Championships

In a round for the ages, the Oklahoma State women’s golf team smashed the Big 12 Championship scoring record by eight strokes and is now 16 shots up with 18 holes to play at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.

Anchored by four rounds in the 60s and a record-setting performance from Isabella Fierro, OSU carded an 18-under 270, which topped the previous Big 12 Championship record of 278 set by Oklahoma in 2014. OSU’s 36-hole score of 549 is the lowest in the event’s history by 24 strokes.

Oklahoma sits in a tie for second at 565.

Fierro carded a 7-under 65, which broke the Big 12 Championship scoring record and has the sophomore tied atop the leaderboard at 9-under 135 with 18 holes to go. Her 65 tied for the third lowest round ever by a Cowgirl golfer.

Lianna Bailey shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 on Monday, which tied for the fourth lowest round in Big 12 Championship history. The junior is in fourth place at 7-under 137, one stroke better than Cowgirl sophomore Maja Stark after back-to-back rounds of 3-under 69 for the sophomore.

Oilers make a trade

The Tulsa Oilers announced Monday that the team has traded Alan Lyszczarczyk to the Fort Wayne Komets for 6-foot-3 defenseman Curtis Leonard.

Leonard, 28, joins the Oilers with 203 career ECHL games played, compiling 48 points (8G, 40A) and a +59 rating with Reading, Evansville, Fort Wayne Jacksonville and Greenville. Leonard also has one game in the AHL with Rochester, registering an assist in the appearance.

— From staff reports

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