In Jennie Finch's final game as a professional softball player, her teammates rallied together to make it a memorable night. Monica Abbott pitched a complete game, racking up 10 strikeouts and allowing only one run on four hits to compliment Caitlin Lowe's second-inning two-run triple.
"We want to make our team better each time out," Miller said. "We want kids that are committed and have the passion for the game and want to get better. It's a lot of fun to have that kind of talent."
Coach Miller was the skipper for the OCU Lady Chiefs from 1985 to 1987 where he led his team to a 124-85 record and the first NAIA second place finish in school history, earning himself two District Nine coach of the year awards and a nod as the NAIA Southwest Regional coach of the year in 1987. He is currently the head coach at Mississippi State.
Since Millers departure from OCU, the Lady Chiefs have gone on to win an NAIA record eight national championships under coach Phil McSpadden, who believes OCU's success is a direct result of Miller's tenure with the team.
He's one of the most respected coaches in the country," McSpadden said of Miller. "He built a competitive, respectable program here. Any success we've achieved was directly linked to the program he built. He knew what he was doing."
OCU has intercollegiate varsity teams in men's and women's basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, track and field and wrestling as well as baseball, softball and volleyball. The university has won 36 national championships since 1988. The women's golf and women's wrestling teams captured national titles in 2009.