No. 9 Oregon Tech Opens 2013 Campaign with Six Games in Redding
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Coming off back-to-back NAIA national championship appearances, including the National Title in 2011, the Oregon Tech softball team will take a No. 9 ranking into the 2013 campaign as the Owls head south to Redding, Calif. for a two day six-game tournament hosted by Simpson University February 8th and 9th to open the season.
Senior Taylor Schmidt returns to lead the Owls into the 2013 season. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
In another grueling start to the Oregon Tech softball schedule, the Owls face two Golden State Athletic Conference power teams, including No. 5 Concordia University-Irvine and Vanguard University, who received votes in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ Poll. Tech also faces Cal Pac members William Jessup and Menlo College, along with University of British Columbia of Canada and Arizona Christian to begin the season.
Oregon Tech’s 49-game spring schedule includes 14 home contests, beginning with a conference doubleheader versus No. 26 Concordia University on Friday, March 15th.
Last season the Owls finished with a 20-4 record in CCC action and 41-8 overall, claiming the CCC tournament title for the second-consecutive season. Oregon Tech then moved on to the 2012 NAIA national tournament, becoming the first Tech team to earn back-to-back national tournament berths. The Owls won their first two contests, before bowing out to Shorter University, Geo. in the final game of pool play action. Shorter U. would move on to win the 2012 NAIA Title.
All-Conference shortstop Shauna Collins. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Tech returns senior Taylor Schmidt who was chosen the 2012 Cascade Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Year, along with being named to the NFCA All-Region Team and a 2012 NAIA All-American Second-Team selection. Schmidt also set a school-record for wins in a season, tallying 27 on the year, to go with a 2.11 ERA. With the bat Schmidt hit .322 with five doubles, three homeruns and a triple while driving in 25 runs on the year. Also returning to the Tech lineup in 2013 is first-team all-conference selection, and Gold Glove winner, Shauna Collins, along with two-time HM all-conference selection Jess Plummer.
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