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March 3, 2013

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ARLINGTON, Texas - The 19th-ranked Tulsa softball team claimed the UT Arlington Classic championship with a 2-1 win over Lamar on Sunday at Allan Saxe Field.

Left fielder Jodi Edmiston singled and stole second with two out in the bottom of the seventh, and scored the winning run on a throwing error to give the Golden Hurricane (15-5) the walkoff win.

Junior Aimee Creger (9-1) entered the game in relief in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded and two out, struck out the only batter she faced, and earned the win for TU.

"I'm proud of our players for sticking together. Good teams find a way to win when things aren't going the way you want them to," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "Pitching and defense were great. We got a big steal by Jodi Edmiston and she was able to score (on the error). Speed really helped us today."

First baseman Julie Kernen gave Tulsa the 1-0 lead in the second inning when she doubled to score senior Lacey Middlebrooks, who led off the frame with a single.

Lamar tied the score in the fourth inning on a solo home run by center fielder Candyce Carter.

In the top of the seventh with the scored tied at one apiece and two out, Lamar had loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk. Creger come in and struck out the first batter she faced to end the inning.

Middlebrooks, who started in the circle for TU, struck out five and scattered seven hits in 6.2 innings before giving way to Creger.

The Golden Hurricane plays at home for the first time this season on Wednesday when it welcomes in-state rival Oklahoma State to the Collins Family Softball Complex for a 5 p.m. contest.

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Tulsa 2, Lamar 1 (Mar 03, 2013 at Arlington, Texas)
Lamar............... 000 100 0 -  1  7  2      (6-11)
Tulsa............... 010 000 1 -  2  5  0      (15-5)
Pitchers: Lamar - Millman,S and . Tulsa - Middlebrooks, Lacey; CREGER, Aimee(7) and .
Win-CREGER, Aimee(9-1)  Loss-Millman,S(3-5)  T-2:05  A-97
HR LU - Carter,C (3).
Weather: Sunny, 57 degrees