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Oklahoma State softball: Q&A with coach Rich Wieligman

The Cowgirls are young, but they take their first hopeful steps toward a better 2013 this weekend, when they travel to St. George, Utah, for the Red Desert Classic.
by John Helsley Published: February 6, 2013

How big is the loss of Chelsea Garcia, who was the consummate leader on and off the field? How do you replace her?

“I don't think you replace her, you just try and hopefully, the kids who got to got to play with her bring what she brought to the table and keep it going. The fact that she showed up every day, played, got good grades, that's what OSU softball should be about and is about, when you take care of the softball side and the academic side. I hope we'll develop in each player, as they head into their senior year, what OSU softball is all about and how hard we're going to play.”

Who comes to mind as an upperclassmen to take on some of that leadership?

“Tamara Brown. She's been there for four years — she's a fifth-year player — and she's been through it all. I think she's one kid who you have to expect to provide that. And you've got Amy Graham as well, and Kat. They've spent all four years of their career here at OSU and they were part of the World Series team and they sort of understand what it takes to play at this level and be successful. I expect a lot of them, for sure.”

2013 Cowgirl Softball Schedule

Friday: *Weber State, 2:30 p.m.

Friday: *Seattle, 5 p.m.

Saturday: *Colorado State, 1 p.m.

Saturday: *Utah Valley, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday: *Tennessee, noon

Feb. 15: #Iowa, 2 p.m.

Feb. 15: #North Texas, 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 16: #Nebraska-Omaha, 9 a.m.

Feb. 16: #Dayton, 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 17: #Iowa, 11:30 a.m.

Feb. 21: $Florida, 3 p.m.

Feb. 21: $BYU, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 22: $Stanford, 10:30 p.m.

Feb. 23: $UCLA, 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 23: $Long Beach State, 9:30 p.m.

March 1: Houston, 6 p.m.

March 2: Houston, 11 a.m., Oklahoma City

March 2: Nebraska, 1:30 p.m., Oklahoma City

March 3: Nebraska, noon

March 6: at Tulsa, 5 p.m.

March 8: %Santa Clara, 4:03 p.m.

March 8: %Northern Iowa, 7 p.m.

March 9: %Cleveland State, 1:30 p.m.

March 9: %TBD, 4:30/7 p.m.

March 10: %TBD, 9/11 a.m.

March 13: Central Arkansas, 5 p.m.

March 15: &Rutgers, 3 p.m.

March 15: &Maryland, 5:15 p.m.

March 16: &Boston, 12:15 p.m.

March 16: &Robert Morris, 5:15 p.m.

March 17: &LIU Brooklyn, 8:30 a.m.

March 20: North Texas, 6 p.m.

March 22: at New Mexico, 5 p.m.

March 22: at New Mexico, 7 p.m.

March 23: Sienna, 1 p.m.

March 28: Texas Tech, 7 p.m.

March 29: Texas Tech, 6 p.m.

March 30: Texas Tech, noon

April 3: at Wichita State, 7 p.m.

April 5: at Iowa State, 4 p.m.

April 6: at Iowa State, noon

April 7: at Iowa State, noon

April 10: Wichita State, 7 p.m.

April 12: at Baylor, 6:30 p.m.

April 13: at Baylor, 2 p.m.

April 14: at Baylor, noon

April 17: Oklahoma, in Oklahoma City

April 19: Kansas, 6 p.m.

April 20: Kansas, 3 p.m.

April 21: Kansas, noon

April 24: Tulsa, 7 p.m.

May 3: Texas, 7 p.m.

May 4: Texas, 3 p.m.

May 5: Texas, noon

May 11: at Oklahoma, 3 p.m.

May 12: Oklahoma, 1 p.m.

*Red Desert Classic, St. George Utah

# Lovelace Invitational, Denton, Texas

$ Cathedral City Classic, Palm Springs, Calif.

% Mizuno Classic, Stillwater

& USF Spring Invitational, Clearwater, Fla.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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