OBU baseball and softball deal with more weather cancellations

By Nick Dingus and Jared L’Atorre, Sports Editor and Contributing Writer

While OBU baseball is looking to end the season strong, the team has added another co-Player of the Week for this season.

Last Friday, OBU baseball went on the road to Weatherford to face Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Right from the start, Southwestern scored three runs, and then scored two more later in the game to win it five to nothing. Southwestern had nine hits compared to OBU’s four.

Last Monday, junior Jake Gozzo became the second player for OBU Baseball this season to win the Great American Conference (GAC) player of the week award. Junior Brett Bloomfield won the award last month. Gozzo proved himself March 23 when he hit two homers in a losing effort. The next day, Gozzo hit a homer to take the lead in a six to five victory. March 30, Gozzo continued to hit the ball well with a hit and he was also awarded with an RBI in a victory against Northwestern Oklahoma.

The next day against Northwestern, Gozzo performed even better with a home run, a double and three hits of four attempts in a victory for the Bison. In the Northwestern Oklahoma series, Gozzo was able to lead his team to a sweep with a tremendous performance.

The Bison will play their next four games at home against the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith on Tuesday, and then three straight home games against East Central University.

The softball team had three of their four games against Southwestern Oklahoma State canceled due to the cold weather last weekend.

The four-game series was supposed to be a pair of home and home doubleheaders with two games played in Weatherford, Friday and two played in Shawnee, Saturday.

The team only made it through the first game in Weatherford before temperatures dropped below 30 degrees, forcing the second game to be suspended. The next day, snow and ice forced yet another cancellation in Shawnee, drawing the season total to ten games canceled due to weather.

The Lady Bison lost their lone game of the weekend 4-3 against the Bulldogs. Bry Flanagan drove in all three runs; Katy Reyes crossed the plate twice while Cheyenne Demaree scored once. The Bison had 12 hits in the game, and had the bases loaded with one out in the seventh inning, but SWOSU turned a double play to end the game.

OBU softball will be back in action in a four game series against East Central University in Ada.

The Bison will play a set of doubleheaders April 13 and April 14. Friday’s games will start at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Saturday’s games at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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