Creger's No-Hitter Leads No. 21 Tulsa to Sweep of Creighton
Feb. 28, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - Senior Aimee Creger pitched and no-hitter a set a single game school record with 17 strikeouts in a 3-0 Game 1 win, and No. 21 Tulsa claimed an 8-0 Game 2 victory to sweep Friday's doubleheader over Creighton in the Tulsa Invitational at the Collins Family Softball Complex.
It was the fifth career no-hitter for Creger (7-0) walked just one batter, and strung together strikeout streaks of six and seven consecutive batters during the contest. The four remaining outs in the game were fly or pop outs. All of the scoring for the Golden Hurricane (15-2) occurred in the fifth inning - second baseman Shelby Blanton drove home two runs with a triple, and Kaitlin Allen added an RBI single.
In Game 2, shortstop Jill Barrett went 4-for-4 with a home run and scored three times, and designated player Jill Roye drove in three runs to lead the Hurricane to an 8-0 (6 inn.) win. Caitlin Sill (4-2) scattered two hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 4.0 innings to earn the victory in the circle.
"Aimee got a lot of swings and misses with the stuff that she had today. She threw a no-hitter, and then set the strikeout record. It was a pretty fabulous performance by her," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "She had to do it for a long time, because it took us a while to get runs on the board. But, again, once we got that opportunity, the top of the lineup came through right there to get those runs on the board for us."
The Tulsa Invitational concludes Saturday. The Golden Hurricane plays Northwestern State at approximately 12 p.m. Saturday, following the Creighton vs. Northwestern State game, which will begin at 10 a.m.
Game 1: Tulsa 3, Creighton 0
The Hurricane totaled nine hits in Game 1, five of which came in the fifth frame.
Creger now owns all three major Tulsa strikeout records - single game, season and career. She set the single season record with 286 strikeouts in 2013, and has now totaled 813 strikeouts in her career.
For the full Game 1 recap, click here.
Game 2: Tulsa 8, Creighton 0 (6 inn.)
After two scoreless innings, Tulsa broke through with a run in the third. Barrett led off with a single and moved around to score on a throwing error following a base hit by Sampson.
The Golden Hurricane added four runs in the fourth inning, led by a three-run double by Roye. Walks to left fielder Jodi Edmiston and Henshaw, and a bunt single by Barrett loaded the bases. Blanton reached on a fielding error by the pitcher, allowing Edmiston to score. Roye then laced a bases-clearing double to the gap in left center, extending the TU lead to 5-0.
Three Tulsa runs in the bottom of the sixth ended the game an inning early. Barrett led off with an opposite field solo home run toward the scoreboard in left. It was her second homer of the season. Blanton then reached on an error at second and first baseman Julie Kernen drew a two-out walk. Hughes singled toward third base to score Blanton, and a walk to Edmiston loaded the bases. Third baseman Maggie Withee hit a single to plate Kernen and the game-ending run.
Junior Bailey Erwin completed the shutout for TU, pitching the final 2.0 innings and giving up one hit with two strikeouts.
"Since we're having a shortened weekend, I wanted to get both pitchers some work in. It was planned to take Sill out after four, and get Bailey some work in as well there," Bargfeldt said. "I can't say enough about how (Sill and Erwin) went out and pitched well again. That was against what has been their number one pitcher. They did a great job of keeping Creighton off the board."
Creighton threatened in the third inning when it loaded the bases with one out after a walk, a base hit and a hit-by-pitch. Sill retired the next two batters with a strikeout and a fielder's choice to end the CU half of the inning.
The third inning represented Creighton's biggest scoring threat in the game. The Bluejays did not record another hit until a single by the designated player Cantu in the sixth inning.
Becca Changstrom (2-4) went the distance for the Bluejays in the defeat. She tallied nine strikeouts and allowed nine hits. Third baseman Blair Lowe had two of the Bluejays' three hits in the contest.
"We knew that they had quality pitching," said Bargfeldt. "Any time that you're facing pitchers that do a good job of changing speeds, you have to get comfortable with their motion and their speed. Everybody would love to score early. We do the same thing to hitters too, we keep them off balance. Their pitchers were doing a good job early in the game of keeping us off balance."
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Tulsa 3, Creighton 0 (Feb 28, 2014 at Tulsa, Okla.) (Game 1) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Creighton........... 000 000 0 - 0 0 0 (4-7) Tulsa............... 000 030 X - 3 9 0 (14-2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pitchers: Creighton - Cantu, Alexis and Lingl, Bri. Tulsa - Creger, Aimee and Horner, Catherine . Win-CREGER, Aimee(7-0) Loss-Cantu, Alexis(2-2) T-1:16 A-238 Weather: lower 50s and cloudy
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