The University of Central Oklahoma advanced in the NCAA Division II Softball World Series, beating Flagler (Fla.) 4-2 on Wednesday in a first-round matchup in Louisville, Ky. The No. 2-ranked Bronchos (45-7) will play Southern Connecticut (43-11) at 4:30 p.m. Oklahoma time Thursday in a second-round contest.
Against Flagler (39-19), Megan Whitmire had a three-run homer during the top of the first inning. Flagler answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, before Kayce Raines' two-out, RBI single during the second inning gave Central Oklahoma an insurance run. Flagler had runners on first and third with two out in the third when the game was stopped for 54 minutes by rain. UCO pitcher Rachael Steverson notched the third out shortly after the game resumed.
Kacie Edwards, who continues to play despite torn knee ligaments, was named Daktronics Division II Player of the Year earlier in the day. The former Yukon High standout then added two hits during the game. Nathalie Timmermans, who joined Edwards as a first-team All-American, also had a hit.
BRONCHOS HANG TOUGH
*Josh Creel continued to lead individuals and help Central Oklahoma remain in contention for the team title at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships on Wednesday at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky. Creel finished the second round with a 2-under-par 70 and led Eric Frazzette of Cal State-Chico by one shot going into Thursday's round. UCO is second in the team race, three shots behind Cal State-Chico.
*The Central Oklahoma women's team was third after the first day of the Division II Championships at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. UCO had a 34-over 322 as a team and trailed leader Nova Southeastern (Fla.) by 14 shots. Taylor Neidy and Chaney Uhles led Central Oklahoma, each with a 76. They are tied for fifth place.
*Oklahoma Christian was fifth, and Oklahoma City sat sixth after Wednesday's round at the NAIA Women's Golf Championships at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn. Oklahoma Christian trailed leader British Columbia by 12 shots, and Oklahoma City was 14 back. Jessica Schiele of Oklahoma City had a 1-under 145 after two rounds; she trailed leader Nikki Stewart of Savannah College of Art & Design (Ga.) by three strokes. Anna Arrese Cortadellas was Oklahoma Christian's top individual, sitting in a fifth-place tie. Cortadellas was five shots behind Sewart.