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March 6, 2013

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TULSA, Okla. -

The 21st-ranked Tulsa softball team defeated Oklahoma State, 5-1, Wednesday evening at the Collins Family Softball Complex.

The Golden Hurricane (16-5) tallied 10 hits during its home opener in front of 800 fans. 

"I thought we played a pretty clean game," commented Head Coach John Bargfeldt. "We just had the one throwing error at the end, but Shelby made a great stop there. I really liked the way that we started to hit the ball after the first time through the lineup. That's a great pitcher there (in OSU's Kat Espinosa), and for us to put the ball in play like we did was impressive. I think it's paid off that we have seen a lot of pitchers similar to her, and I think that helped us get the timing right."

Senior Lacey Middlebrooks (6-2) picked up the win going four innings, allowing two hits and one run for TU. Junior Aimee Creger picked up a three-inning save, allowing two hits while striking out six of the 12 batters she faced.

"I thought Lacey wasn't as sharp as she has been," Bargfeldt stated.  "But that is the type of pitcher she is. She will keep you in a situation for a good chance to win, and Aimee threw the ball well to close the game out. "

Third baseman Jill Barrett went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI to lead the TU offense. Shortstop Samantha Cobb tallied two hits, including a triple, and two runs scored, while first baseman Julie Kernen also added two hits.

After two scoreless innings, Tulsa took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Barrett and a two-run single by right fielder Haley Henshaw. Center fielder Jill Everett walked, stole second and scored on Barrett's double down the left field line. Cobb then singled and Middlebrooks walked to load the bases before Henshaw laced a single into center field, scoring Barrett and Cobb.

The Hurricane added two more runs in the fourth inning on a pair of RBI hits by Cobb and Middlebrooks. Barrett reached on a bunt single and scored on Cobb's triple to right center. Middlebrooks then ripped a double to left center, plating Cobb.

The Golden Hurricane opens up Conference USA play with a three game home series against Marshall. TU will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m., and will wrap up the series with a noon tilt on Sunday. 

"It is kind of like it's our second segment of the season," Bargfeldt stated. "We break the season into three segments, and during the first segment we did a good job. Now we have to think that we are at zero and zero, and now we have to start thinking about wining conference games and series. It is very important to us. We know what it did for us last year, and now it is going to be our focus."

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