Wilkinson wins national title at West Texas A&M

When she signed up to play for West Texas A&M, Idaho Falls graduate Tyler Wilkinson talked about how the Buffs were a “top notch program,” and how the school was a “big time softball school.”

She didn’t know just how right she was.

With a 3-2 win over Valdosta

State on Monday, West Texas A&M won the NCAA Division II World Series, finishing the season 60-7 with the school’s first national softball title.

Wilkinson, who

bats second and plays centerfield for the Buffs, went hitless in the defensive duel, but had three strong games leading up to the finale.

In playoff wins over LIU-Post (8-1), Armstrong Atlantic (6-5) and Dixie State (2-1), Wilkinson was 3 for 8 with four runs, two stolen bases and two walks.

Wilkinson ended the year hitting .365 with 73 runs and 35 stolen bases over 66 starts.


Idaho Falls graduate Riley Barr pitched in all four Western Athletic Conference playoff games for New Mexico State, and was the last Aggie to toe the rubber this season, finishing up with four strong innings in a 9-5 season-ending loss to Sacramento State on Saturday.

Barr allowed one hit and one earned run in the loss to the Hornets, striking out two to lower his season earned run average to a team-best 2.94. Barr

also led the team with five wins and 27 appearances, striking out 46 over 64 1/3 innings. NMSU ended the season 23-31.

Oregon lefty and Bonneville grad Porter Clayton is still play

ing ball, helping the 42-18 Ducks earn a spot in the field of 64 where they will face Clemson at Vanderbilt on Friday.

Clayton pitched 3 1/3 inning against Oregon State on May 20,

striking out four against two earned runs in a 6-2 win.

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