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May 3, 2013

Cowgirls in brutal stretch

NORMAN — Whomever sets the Big 12 Conference schedule did the Oklahoma State University softball team no favors.

The Cowgirls start a brutal final stretch to the regular season this weekend with sixth-ranked Texas visiting the Cowgirl Softball Stadium — and follows with a series season finale against Bedlam rival Oklahoma, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

“I don’t have any control over that, that’s just the way it fell,” OSU coach Rich Wieligman said. “It really worked well for us this year, as far as our finals schedule, having this bye week in front of the finals and getting out on the field to work out. You’ve got to play them some time, we just get them back-to-back and that’s just the way it goes.”

The final stretch comes after over a week off for the Cowgirl players, who have spent this week focused on finals in the classroom as opposed to the season finales.

When OSU opens against Texas at 7 p.m. Friday, it will have been eight days since Oklahoma State last faced an opponent — a two-game sweep of Wichita State in Wichita, Kan.

“It’s given us a chance to get our nicks taken care of with some kids kind of nicked up and give them some rest and get healed,” Wieligman said.

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