No. 24 Tulsa Softball Takes Down No. 6 Texas, 7-4
Feb. 22, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Samantha Cobb drove in three runs and Lacey Middlebrooks picked up the win in the circle to lead the 24th-ranked Tulsa softball team to a 7-4 upset of No. 6 Texas Friday evening in the Texas Invitational Red & Charline McCombs Field.
The Golden Hurricane (9-3) handed the Longhorns (13-1) their first loss of the season, and took down a top-10 team for the first time since 2009, when TU defeated No. 10 Oklahoma during NCAA Regional Play.
The Hurricane opened the tournament with an 8-0 (5 inn.) win over Utah State Friday afternoon. TU takes on Lamar at 1 p.m. Saturday to conclude the round robin. Bracket play begins Saturday evening.
Middlebrooks (4-1) went 4.1 innings and allowed five hits, one earned run while striking out two batters. Junior Aimee Creger picked up her first save of the season going 2.2 innings allowing three hits and one earned run, while striking out six of the 12 batters she faced. Texas starter Holly Kern (3-1) took the loss after allowing five runs in 1.1 innings.
Cobb went 2-for-4 with a big two-run home run in the sixth inning. Middlebrooks drove in two runs and walked twice, while junior right fielder Haley Henshaw and first baseman Julie Kernen each drove in a run for the Hurricane.
Senior center fielder Caitlin Everett recorded three hits and two runs, while junior third baseman Jill Barrett tallied three runs and three of TU's 14 hits against the Longhorns. Everett, Barrett and Cobb combined for eight hits and six runs at the top of the Tulsa lineup.
"I'm proud of the way they played against a very good team," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "The key to the game was jumping out to the early lead. Aimee came in and got us out of a tough inning. We gave another solid effort defensively. Going in, we didn't expect to put up that many hits. Our offense came up big at the right times."
The visiting Hurricane jumped out on top with two runs in the first inning and added three runs in the second and two more for insurance in the sixth.
Everett led off the game with a base hit to center field, and Barrett followed with a double. With one out, Middlebrooks was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Henshaw and Kernen struck back-to-back RBI singles into right field to give TU a 2-0 lead.
In the second, freshman left fielder Jodi Edmiston drew a one-out walk, Everett singled through the left side, and Barrett walked to load the bases. Cobb then singled to center, scoring Edmiston, and Middlebrooks sent a base hit into right field, scoring Everett and Barrett, to make the score 5-0.
Texas put a run on the board in the fourth inning when shortstop Taylor Thom led off the frame with a solo home run to left field.
The Longhorns added a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning. Third baseman Taylor Hoagland drew a one-out walk, moved up on a passed ball, and scored on a throwing error at short after a single by center fielder Brejae Washington. Washington then scored on a base hit by DP/relief pitcher Kim Bruins.
Creger then came on in relief to strike out the final two outs of the inning.
Tulsa got the two runs back in the top of the sixth when Cobb blasted her homer to left field, also scoring Barrett, who led off with an infield single to short.
Creger struck out the side in the sixth, and worked around three singles that plated a Texas run to close out the win and earn the save.
Tulsa 8, Utah State 0 (5 inn.)
In the afternoon affair against Utah State, Tulsa exploded in the third inning for six runs as the Hurricane stormed past Utah State 8-0. Aimee Creger pitched three innings allowing only two hits while striking out six to improve her record to 5-0 on the year. Freshman Caitlin Sill threw two innings in relief allowing no hits and striking out a batter.
Henshaw drove in four of TU's eight runs, while Barrett scored three times and had three of the 13 Hurricane hits. Barrett scored in the first inning on an infield single by Henshaw.
Barrett led off the sixth with a single, and was followed by an all-safe fielder's choice from Cobb and a hit-by-pitch on Middlebrooks. Henshaw then shot a two-run single up the middle, and sophomore first baseman hit an RBI ground out. Junior second baseman Shelby Blanton, junior left fielder Cierra Hughes and Caitlin Everett hit consecutive two out singles to score the final three runs of the inning for TU. Blanton had a one-run single, and Everett drove in two runs with her base hit to center.
The Hurricane added its final score in the top of the fifth when Barrett scored on a ground out by Henshaw.
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