KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – After an eighth place NAIA world series finish last year that ranks in the top three finishes in program history, Oregon Tech softball returns eight players for the 2020 season, which opens with a doubleheader against Pacific University in Medford at U.S. Cellular Field at 12:00 pm on February 1st.
The Owls finished the 2019 season with a 44-17 record that included head coach Greg Stewart‘s 500th career win on February 24. The Lady Owls had a 23-4 conference record that gave them a second-place seed in the Cascade Conference tournament also earning them a berth to the NAIA Opening Round Championship. It marked their eleventh appearance in the NAIA National Tournament, including their ninth appearance in the last 10 years. Tech has now played in the NAIA Opening Round Championship game six years in a row.
1st Team All-Conference and World Series All-Tournament pitcher Sarah Abramson is among the key returners, having led the Cascade Conference last year in strikeouts with 229. 2nd Team All-Conference catcher McKenna Armantrout returns as well, along with Maddie Deverna who ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in fielding percentage.
Nine new players join the team this year, including junior standout pitcher Emily McAdams, who was the California Community College co-player of the year, along with Oregon 4-A co-player of the year Kaila Mick from Henley high school.
The Lady Owls rank second in the CCC preseason poll despite the loss of seven seniors, including 1st Team NAIA and NFCA All American pitcher/DP Ali Graham – who led the team with a .418 batting average last year – and 1st Team All-Conference and ALL-NFCA first baseman Dre Sotelo – who led the CCC with 64 RBI – and second baseman Kiahna Brown. The NAIA Pre-Season Coaches’ Poll comes out this Wednesday, January 15.
The Lady Owls will kick off the season with a doubleheader against Pacific University in Medford, Oregon on February 1st at 12:00pm, with games against Dominican University of California and Simpson California the following weekend in the Simpson Softball Tournament. The team will play their home opener and first Cascade Conference game on February 28th against College of Idaho at the John and Lois Stilwell Stadium.