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.