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Alumni update: Virtue among leaders in OIT softball; Cowger second at nationals


April 5, 2016

Katie Virtue, a sophomore outfielder for the Oregon Institute of Technology softball team, is batting .345 for the Owls, who were 13-3 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play and 20-13 on the season going into a doubleheader at Corban Tuesday, April 5.

Virtue leads the team in plate appearances, with 113 going into this week’s games, and has committed no errors on defense.

Oregon Tech tallied 30 hits and 22 runs in sweeping a CCC doubleheader from Eastern Oregon University Saturday. The Owls won game one 13-7 and game two 9-4.

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Former Sweet Home wrestler Tyler Cowger finished second – by a hair, at the NAIA national championships March 4-5 in Topeka, Kan.

Cowger, a junior wrestling for Southern Oregon University, lost 4-3 to Baker University junior Victor Hughes in the 149-pound finals. Hughes was awarded an extra point for riding time, meaning he spent a minute more than Cowger in the top position during the match.

Grand View of Iowa won an unprecedented fifth straight national team title, setting a new standard for team scoring with 210 points.

Cowger, who placed fifth the last two years in Topeka, became the 28th three-time All-American in SOU history and the first Raider to do it at 149 pounds. The stingy junior outscored his three opponents 15-2, starting with a 9-0 major decision over Indiana Tech’s Justin Atkinson, then decisioned Brewton-Parker’s Adrain Gomez 2-0, Embry-Riddle’s Anton King 4-2, and Jaedin Sklapsky of Campbellsville (Ky.) 7-4 before being edged by Hughes.

Southern Oregon finished 10th.

Cowger was one of four All-Americans who finished in the top eight nationally for Southern Oregon. The others were and Ryan McWatters, second at 184; Casey Coulter, eighth at 125 pounds, and Hunter Hodges, eighth at 157.


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