Creger Sets School Record with 26th Career Shutout as TU Defeats No.18 Louisville 4-0
Feb. 8, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - A three-run home run by left fielder Erica Sampson was all the offense that the University of Tulsa softball team needed as Aimee Creger set a school-record with her 26th career shutout for a 4-0 win over No. 18 Louisville in the FAU Kick-off Classic on Saturday at FAU Stadium.
Creger (1-0) scattered two hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts for her first shutout of the season. The senior entered the season tied with Jenny Magill, who recorded 25 shutouts from 1999-02. The Yukon, Okla., native has not given up a run in 14.0 innings and has scattered four hits with 14 strikeouts this season.
The game was scoreless for the first two innings, but the Golden Hurricane (3-0) scored the only runs in the game in the bottom of the third. Second baseman Shelby Blanton and shortstop Jill Barrett each reach on base with a walk before Sampson's first home run as a Golden Hurricane. Sampson added another hit to go 2-for-3 at the plate against the Cardinals (2-2).
Barrett's run scored was her 125th of her career, which ties her for fourth most in school history with Katie Torres. The Greenwood, Ark., native went 2-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base.
The Hurricane added an insurance run in the sixth when Barrett hit a bases-loaded single to right, scoring pinch runner Brittany Walker from third.
Caralisa Connell (1-1) records the loss after pitching two-plus innings and Katie Keller and Kayla Soles led the Cardinals with one hit each.
Florida Atlantic 1, Tulsa 0 (8 inn.)
Sophomore Caitlin Sill (1-1) went the distance for TU, allowing five hits and striking out three. FAU (2-2) scored its lone unearned run when Christina Martinez hit a two-out single through the left side, scoring Sarah Howell. Tulsa totaled three hits - one each by senior Jill Barrett, junior Julie Kernen and freshman Maggie Withee.
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The Golden Hurricane concludes the tournament against Northern Illinois on Sunday at noon.
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