Black Sox great coaches college to opening win

TONY SMITH
Last updated 09:56 30/05/2014

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Black Sox pitching great Mike White has coached his Oregon University women's softball team to an opening round win at the United States College World Series in Oklahoma City today.

The top-seeded Oregon Ducks beat Florida State University - with White's former Black Sox teammate Travis Wilson on the coaching staff - 3-0 in the first round.

Oregon's United States national team pitcher Cheridan Hawkins threw a one-hitter - conceding a lead-off single in the first inning - and White's batters took 10 hits off FSU starter Lacey Waldrop, the United States player of the year.

White has coached Oregon to two consecutive championship victories in the Pac-12 Conference - America's toughest college softball competition - and has won two coach of the year awards.

The former Wellingtonian, who won world championship titles with the Black Sox in 1984 and 1996 (when he pitched a perfect game - no hits, no runners on base - in the final), is now recognised as one of the top coaches in the United States and has been a pitching adviser to the USA national team.

White has former Auckland, Junior Black Sox and Samoa pitcher Mike Roberts as his pitching coach.

The FSU Seminoles have another life in the eight-team double-elimination NCAA division one tournament. New Zealand White Sox utility Ellie Cooper is a first-year player on the FSU squad.

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