OSU’s Espinosa no-hits TexasKat Espinosa was not perfect — but pretty darn close. The Oklahoma State pitcher threw a no-hitter Sunday as the Cowgirls beat Texas 1-0 in a Big 12 softball game in Austin. Espinosa hit a batter in the first inning and walked one in the seventh inning. The freshman is the first OSU player to throw a no-hitter since 2005. Espinosa struck out three while improving to 18-4. OSU’s scored its run in the top of the second inning. Sam Heinlein’s single plated Tamara Brown, who had reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second base on a bunt. Otherwise, Texas pitcher Blaire Luna was just as tough, walking two and striking out nine. The No. 7-ranked Cowgirls improved to 41-10 overall and 10-3 in the Big 12. OSU will play at Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Wednesday. No. 15-ranked Texas fell to 37-10 and 10-2.
SOONERS RUN-RULE HUSKERSHaley Anderson and Katie Norris had two hits and two RBIs each as Oklahoma run-ruled host Nebraska 8-0 in six innings in Big 12 softball. OU coach Patty Gasso used three pitchers as Allee Allen, Michelle Gascoigne and Kirsten Allen combined for eight strikeouts. OU moved to 36-10 overall and 10-3 in the Big 12. Nebraska fell to 27-22 and 6-8.
RAMS SIGN TWO UCO PLAYERSFormer University of Central Oklahoma football standouts Jermelle Cudjo and Freddie Harris were signed by the St. Louis Rams. Cudjo is a 6-foot-2, 293-pound lineman from Lawton. Harris is a 6-2, 227-pound end from Carrollton, Texas. Both were free-agent signees. The Rams signed UCO linebacker K.C. Asiodu last season. Asiodu played in 10 games.
WOOD OPENS SEASON WITH WINJoe Wood Jr. began defense of his American Sprint Car Series Sooner Region championship by winning the season-opening A feature late Saturday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa. The Oklahoma City resident took the lead on the fifth lap and held off a late charge from runner-up Nick Smith of Broken Arrow. Tony Bruce Jr. of Liberal, Kan., Kenneth Walker of Sapulpa and Andy Shouse of Oklahoma City rounded out the top-five feature finishers. The next Sooner Region race is May 1 at Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville.
EDMOND’S BANKS ROLLS 299Darrell Banks of Edmond rolled a 299 game during the U.S. Bowling Congress Open Championships in Reno, Nev. Banks, 38, had 11 consecutive strikes before leaving the 10-pin standing on his final attempt. Banks finished his set with games of 206 and 222 for a 727 series. FROM STAFF REPORTS
OSU’s Espinosa no-hits Texas