Sporting blitz week of 3/12

Cross Country-

The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named the Oakland Men and Women’s cross country teams All-Academic teams. This is the eighth straight year that Oakland has earned this honor.

Women’s Basketball-

Three players received Madness 2013-14 Horizon League All-Conference honors from the Oakland University women’s basketball team. Bethany Watterworth and Elena Popkey were named to the third team, and Kim Bee was named to the fourth team. Meanwhile, the Horizon League announced that Bethany Watterworth was named to second team all-conference and Kim Bee was named to the all-defensive team. The Grizzlies will play Youngstown State in the opening round of the Horizon League Tournament on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer-

The Oakland University women’s soccer team named a new head coach this week. Margaret Saurin was named the coach, after spending the last seven seasons as the head coach of former conference rival IPFW. Saurin is coming off a 5-2-1 season in the Summit League, and was named Coach of the Year in 2012.

Men’s Soccer-

The Oakland University men’s soccer team announced their upcoming spring schedule this week. The schedule is highlighted by marquee home games against national champion Notred Dame, along with Xavier and Northwestern. Michigan State will also be featured in this year’s schedule. The season begins on March 22 when they play Notre Dame at Ultimate Soccer in Pontiac.

Men’s Baseball-

The Baseball team travelled to Nasvhille, Tennessee over the weekend to battle Lipscomb in a four game series. Despite the teams’ best effort, the Grizzlies were swept against a tough Lipscomb team losing 13-6, 8-7, 7-2, and 7-2. The Grizzlies will begin a three game series against Youngstown State this Friday at the OU Baseball Field at 3 pm in their official Horizon League Opener.