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Feb. 7, 2014

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Tulsa softball team opened the 2014 season with wins over St. John's, 5-1, and Ohio State, 1-0 (8 inn.) Friday at the FAU Kick-Off Classic at FAU Softball Stadium.

TU head coach John Bargfeldt earned his 300th career victory, and is now 301-160-1 in his ninth season at the helm of the Golden Hurricane.

Senior second baseman Shelby Blanton went 4-for-8 on the day, while senior shortstop Jill Barrett drove in two runs with three hits in the two games for the Hurricane (2-0).

Sophomore Caitlin Sill (1-0) earned the victory in Game 1, tossing 6.0 innings with seven strikeouts and four hits allowed. Junior Bailey Erwin (1-0) picked up the victory in Game 2, working the eighth inning, and striking out one batter and allowing one hit.

Against St. John's, Tulsa put a run on the board in first inning when junior first baseman Julie Kernen singled and scored an unearned run. The Hurricane added three runs in the top of the second, as Blanton, freshman third baseman Maggie Withee and senior center fielder Cierra Hughes scored runs. Barrett and Kernen earned RBI in the inning.

TU added a run in the seventh when Hughes drove home Blanton with a base hit. The Red Storm scored its run on a home run in the third inning. Erwin worked the seventh inning, striking out three batters.



Tulsa and Ohio State played seven scoreless innings, forcing the International Tiebreaker rule into effect in the eighth frame. Aimee Creger started and tossed seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out six batters.

The Buckeyes bunted their runner to third in the eighth inning, but Erwin coaxed a strikeout and groundout to end the inning. Maggie Withee started on second base for Tulsa in the bottom of the eighth, and moved to third when Maddie Withee laid down a sacrifice bunt. Barrett then drove a two-out single through the left side, scoring Maggie Withee for the winning run.

The Golden Hurricane will play twice Saturday, facing No. 18 Louisville at 3 p.m., and Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m.

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