The Daily Express

Owens Softball Opens Home Season With Weekend Non-Conference Games

Owens Community College women's softball will open its 2002 home campaign with games this weekend Friday-Sunday, March 22-24.

The Express will battle Delta Community College on Friday at 3 p.m. They will entertain Glen Oaks Community College on Saturday, while Muskegon Community College will take on Owens in Sunday action. The Saturday and Sunday games will begin at 1 p.m. All home games are doubleheaders and played at the Softball Complex on the Toledo-area Campus. Admission is free.

The Owens softball program is led by Head Coach Mickey Arquette of Perrysburg. In her previous three seasons as the head softball coach at Owens, she has twice been recognized as the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) league's Co- and Coach of the Year, respectively. Her Assistant Coaches are former Owens softball and volleyball player (1999-2001) Jennifer Hughes of Northwood and Troy Silveous of Swanton.

The 2001 edition of the Owens Express softball team experienced it best season in the history of the program, finishing with a 26-15-1 overall record. Seven softball records fell en route to the team capturing the OCCAC championship with a 17-3 mark. Owens reached as high as No. 7 in the NJCAA Division III national poll.

The Express have eight players returning from last year's team, including OCCAC First Team All-League selection Teresa Welch of North Baltimore (North Baltimore High School). In 2001, the sophomore pitcher and outfielder ranked No. 7 and No. 6 in the conference for batting average (.431) and earned run average (5.37), respectively. Her postseason honors also included being named to the NJCAA Region XII All-District Tournament Team.

The other returning players who earned OCCAC All-League honors are Barbie Welsh of Oregon (Clay High School) and Emily Drain of Genoa (Genoa High School). Welsh, a sophomore outfielder, in 2001 ranked No. 12 in the OCCAC with a .387 batting average and No. 9 in the conference for RBIs with 14. She also earned OCCAC Honorable Mention honors and ranked No. 17 in the NJCAA with 38 RBIs.

Drain, a sophomore pitcher and outfielder, last season set an Owens record for strikeouts with 113 and ranked No. 17 in the NJCAA among strikeout leaders. She also ranked No. 12 nationally with a 2.55 earned run average and led the OCCAC in pitching with an earned run average of 2.10. Her postseason honors included receiving OCCAC First Team All-League and was named to the NJCAA Region XII All-District Tournament Team.

Other returning players to the Express roster include sophomores: Janelle Dangler of Elmore (Woodmore High School) first base/catcher, Brandi Winrow of Brownstown, Michigan (Carlson High School) outfield, Amy Gladieux of Northwood (Northwood High School) second base, Brandy Damron of Toledo (Whitmer High School) first base/catcher and Heather Post of Toledo (Sylvania Northview High School) third base.

The freshman players are: Michelle Saunders of Northwood (Cardinal Stritch High School) outfield, Kristina Shultz of Grand Rapids (Otsego High School) shortstop, Kristi Hehl of Monroe, Michigan (Monroe High School) pitcher/first base and Ashley Lockmiller of Bradner (Lakota High School) pitcher/outfield.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bacheloršs degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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