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Modified: June 4, 2008 at 12:02 am •  Published: June 4, 2008
Smith throws out first pitch in final Former Oklahoma State softball pitcher and ESPN broadcaster Michele Smith threw out the first pitch in the WCWS championship Game 2 Tuesday night.

Smith played for OSU from 1986-89 and earned All Big-8 Tournament honors all four years. She was also named the State of Oklahoma College Athlete of the Year by USA Today in 1989 and went on to win a Gold Medal with the USA softball team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Smith provided commentary for ESPN during this year's WCWS.

•Beitia with ASU: Former OU softball coach Jim Beitia made the trip to the WCWS with champion Arizona State at its Director of Softball Operations.

Beitia coached OU in 1994, leading the Sooners to the 58-15 record, a third-place finish in the Big 8 and a top-10 national ranking.

Beitia is in his third season with the Sun Devils.

•Burkhart and Gibson to room together: The Philadelphia Force, a professional softball team, has made contact with both Texas A&M's Megan Gibson and Arizona State's Katie Burkhart, who pitched against each other in the championship series of the WCWS.

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Texas A&M's Erin Glasco waits for the ball as Arizona State's Jessica Mapes scores in the third inning Tuesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN


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