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Softball Puts Complete Game Together in, 6-1, Win over Northern Illinois

Sophomore Caitlin Everett went 4-for-4 and scored a run in the Golden Hurricane's, 6-1, win over Northern Illinois Sunday.
Sophomore Caitlin Everett went 4-for-4 and scored a run in the Golden Hurricane's, 6-1, win over Northern Illinois Sunday.
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Feb. 13, 2011

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AUSTIN, Texas - Eight players recorded a hit, led by Caitlin Everett's 4-for-4 and Samantha Cobb's 3-for-4 efforts, to lead the Tulsa softball team to a, 6-1, win over Northern Illinois in the third-place game of the Texas Classic at McCombs Field.

The Golden Hurricane (2-3) nearly matched its offensive output from the first four games by scoring six runs on 13 hits, including two doubles. Sophomore Lacey Middlebrooks (1-1) earned her first win for TU, pitching the full seven innings and allowing one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts. Northern Illinois starter Morgan Bittner (0-3) took the loss for the Huskies (0-4) after allowing four runs on nine hits in 3.0 innings.

"That looked like the team we were expecting to see. We looked more relaxed up there (at the plate) today," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "Lacey pitched a really good game. She only really got into trouble in one inning, but she was able to get out of it and hold them off in the other innings."

The sophomore center fielder Everett led off the bottom of the first inning with a single through the left side and stole second. After moving to third on a ground out, the sophomore shortstop Cobb singled to third, holding Everett in place, but a bunt by freshman right fielder Haley Henshaw scored Everett. Henshaw reached on a fielding error by the first baseman and Cobb advanced to second.

A fielder's choice ground out caught Cobb at third base, and consecutive walks by sophomore left fielder Keri Leach and sophomore catcher Cassidy Bowen allowed Henshaw to cross the plate, giving the Hurricane a 2-0 lead after one inning.

Freshman third baseman Jill Barrett hit a two-out single up the middle in the second, and moved around on a base hit up the middle by Cobb, and scored on a single to left by Henshaw. TU led, 3-0.

Leach started the third inning with an infield base hit to second base, and scored when senior first baseman Kelly Chapman hit a two-out double down the left field line, making the score, 4-0.

Northern Illinois only really threatened in the top of fourth inning when they scored their lone run. First baseman Jennifer Barnett hit a leadoff single to center field, and following a strikeout and a line out to second, moved around to score on three consecutive walks. Middlebrooks, however, got out of the jam by coaxing the next batter into a ground out back to the circle to end the inning.

The Golden Hurricane got that run back in the bottom of the frame. Henshaw reached on a fielder's choice after Cobb led off with a single up the middle. Henshaw advanced to second on a walk and made the score, 5-1, when she scored two batters later on a fielding error by the first baseman when Bowen put the ball in play.

TU added an insurance run in the sixth inning, which got going with a one-out base hit through the left side by freshman designated player Aimee Creger. Senior Lauren Menke, pinch-hitting for Leach, then doubled to left center, and junior Jessica Stoelke, pinch-running for Creger, scored on a sacrifice fly by Bowen to reach the 6-1 final tally.

"The other thing that we were really impressed with all weekend was our infield fielding," said Bargfeldt. "I don't think any infielders committed any errors all weekend. That's impressive because they hadn't been able to field on dirt for two weeks. They just went out there and were able to adjust to the speed of the ball and make the plays on the dirt."

Tulsa defeated Northern Illinois on Friday, 3-2, before dropping consecutive games to No. 15 Texas, 6-1, and two to Louisville, 4-1, and, 5-0. In those four games, the Hurricane totaled five runs on 13 hits with three extra base hits.

The Golden Hurricane travels to Boca Raton, Fla., next weekend for the FAU Kick-Off Classic. TU opens the tournament Friday against Penn State at 8 a.m. CT and Massachusetts at noon CT. The Hurricane plays Michigan at 8 a.m. CT Saturday and Long Island at noon CT. Sunday's game time and opponent will be determined by the results of the first two days.

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