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TWU basketball coach throws first pitch at Rangers game

Texas Woman’s University recently had a “Night with the Rangers” at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 15. Pioneers were given the chance to purchase a ticket and celebrate the Texas Rangers with an evening filled with activities, baseball and more. 

A notable event from the night was watching TWU’s basketball coach Beth Jillson throw the first pitch of the game. Jillson was assisted by TWU mascot, Oakley the Owl. 

“It was awesome. One of the coolest experiences I’ve ever been a part of,” said Jillson. “Oakley was helping me out, giving me moral support. It was so much fun to be out there with my family and to represent TWU.” 

Jillson went on to express her gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to represent the TWU community and athletics department. 

“It was something I’ve never done and will probably never get to do again,” said Jillson. “It was a lot of fun and I am so thankful to be a part of it.” 

In addition, TWU’s basketball and softball teams traveled out to Arlington to support Jillson and to enjoy the game. 

“She did very well, her follow through was good, she really extended the arm, kind of got a little bit of a running start but she really represented TWU well,” said one of girls that Jillson coaches on the TWU basketball team. 

Head Softball coach, Amber Barker, also commented on Jillson throwing the first pitch of the night, remarking on how well Jillson did. 

“I thought she did a great job,” said Barker. “She threw a strike that’s how we want to start batters off, with a strike. I know she was nervous, but we’re super proud of her.” 

For a video of the pitch and more insight into the night, please visit TWU Basketball’s homepage. 

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