Baseball releases schedule

Eleven NCAA Tournament teams from 2006 highlight Oklahoma State’s 2007 baseball schedule, which was released Tuesday.

Coach Frank Anderson’s ballclub finished 41-20 last season and was a No. 1 seed at the NCAA Tournament’s Fayetteville Regional.

OSU will open the season on February 2 when it hosts Hofstra at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, the first of 30 home games for the Cowboys in 2007. Non-conference highlights include meetings against five NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. OSU will face Ball State at the Florida Atlantic Tournament in February and will travel to Texas to take on Texas-Arlington in March. Anderson’s club also has showdowns with Pepperdine (March 9-11 in Stillwater), Oral Roberts (April 24 in Stillwater) and Wichita State (May 15 in Wichita).

In Big 12 Conference action, Anderson’s club, which finished second in the regular season standings a year ago with an 18-9 league mark, will play host to Baylor, Kansas State, Texas and Missouri. The Bears, Longhorns and Tigers were all NCAA Tournament teams in 2006.

The Cowboys open Big 12 Conference play March 23 when they travel to Lawrence, Kan., to take on defending Big 12 Tournament champion Kansas at Hoglund Ballpark. OSU was 2-2 against coach Ritch Price’s club in 2006.

DeGrate named to award watch list

CHICAGO — Oklahoma State senior defensive end Victor DeGrate has been named to the mid-season watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.

The Hendricks Award is presented annually to the nation’s top defensive end by the Ted Hendricks Foundation.

The watch list, which includes 28 players, will be shortened to a list of semifinalists in November (five or six candidates) with the final vote conducted on Dec. 4. The winner will be announced on Dec. 6.

DeGrate averages 1.07 sacks per game (7.5 this season) for the Cowboys and ranks sixth in the nation and second in the Big 12 Conference in that category. He has 32 tackles in 2006, including 9.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

DeGrate, a senior from DeSoto, Texas, now has 15 career sacks. He has moved into ninth place all-time at Oklahoma State. He is one of seven Big 12 players on the watch list for the Hendricks Award.

Soccer ranked ninth

Oklahoma State’s soccer team was ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams for the second straight week when Soccer Buzz ranked the Cowgirls a program-best ninth in the country.

OSU was ranked 13th last week by Soccer Buzz and moved up four spots this week after defeating Nebraska and Oral Roberts. The Cowgirls are ranked 10th by the National Soccer Coaches Association.

The Cowgirls are on the cusp of the top 10 in two other polls. OSU moved up to No. 12 in the Soccer America Top 25 and they are 11th by Soccer Times.

Oklahoma State plays Murray State on Saturday in preparation for the Big 12 Championship where it will be the No. 2 seed. The Big 12 Championship begins Nov. 1 in San Antonio, Texas.

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