Oklahoma State wins NIT opener; Vanessa Shippy earns national softball honor

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Welcome to the Wednesday edition of our Oklahoma State DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through the biggest headlines around Oklahoma State athletics.

Oklahoma State beats FGCU in NIT opener

Break out the sharpie, Oklahoma State advanced to the second round of the 2018 NIT on Tuesday. Senior guard Jeffrey Carroll scored a team-high 18 points to lead the Cowboys (20-14) to an 80-68 win over Florida Gulf Coast (23-12) at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

The Eagles made a late push in the fourth quarter — the NIT is using four 10-minute periods for each game this year — but the Cowboys were able to stave off the rally and pick up their 20th win of the season. Oklahoma State will face the winner of Stanford-BYU in the second round. The game will be in Stillwater, but the time and date is not set yet.

Vanessa Shippy earns national honor

It’s been a solid week so far for Vanessa Shippy and the Oklahoma State softball team. The star senior was named the College Sports Madness National Field Player of the Week on Monday. Shippy then helped the Cowgirls beat Illinois State 9-1 in 6 innings on Tuesday.

“Our team has gotten a lot of attention to start the year and our kids are getting more and more,” coach Kenny Gajewski said of his team’s success this season in a release. “They do that. It’s not me. They’re learning how to handle that and they’re learning how to have a little bit of a bullseye on their backs. I don’t think it’s a big one like a Florida or an Oklahoma has at this point, but that’s what we want.”

Oklahoma State is at Central Arkansas on Wednesday for a midweek clash at 6 p.m. ET.

Men’s golf wins Lamkin San Diego Classic

Oklahoma State men’s golf finished first at the Lamkin San Diego Classic on Tuesday. The Cowboys had three of the four best individual performances of the tournament. with Viktor Hovland, Matthew Wolff and Zach Bauchou placing second, third and fourth, respectively.

For full results, go here.

Other headlines from the athletic department

What they’re saying on Twitter

Men’s basketball coach Mike Boynton

Oklahoma State men’s golf

Former football player Ashton Lampkin

Former men’s basketball player Doug Gottlieb

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