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No. 20 Tulsa Falls at No. 19 Oklahoma, 1-0

Senior Aimee Creger tallied 11 strikeouts against Oklahoma on Sunday.
Senior Aimee Creger tallied 11 strikeouts against Oklahoma on Sunday.
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March 9, 2014

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NORMAN, Okla. - A home run by Lauren Chamberlain in the sixth inning gave No. 19 Oklahoma a 1-0 win over No. 20 Tulsa Sunday afternoon in the finale of the Courtyard Marriott Tournament at Marita Hynes Field.

The Golden Hurricane fell to 18-3 on the season, while Oklahoma improved to 17-6. Tulsa completed a 2-1 weekend, earning wins over Liberty (23-1, 5 inn.) and Western Illinois (7-3) on Friday.

Senior Aimee Creger (8-1) struck out 11 batters and allowed just four hits in a complete-game effort, and absorbed her first loss of the season. Kelsey Stevens (11-3) earned the win for OU, tallying 11 strikeouts and allowing two hits. Neither pitcher allowed a hit until the fourth inning.

"We only had one real opportunity to score. Both teams got out of a bases-loaded jam, and Chamberlain connected with one," Tulsa head coach John Bargfeldt said. "It was the type of game where, in the long run, it makes you better. It points out some things we could do to get better at moving that type of pitching."

In each of the bases-loaded situations, the pitchers prevented a run from scoring by ending the inning with a strikeout each time.

Both Tulsa hits came in the top of the sixth inning when the Hurricane filled the bases with two out. Freshman third baseman Maggie Withee led off with a single to left center, senior shortstop Jill Barrett followed with a one-out base hit to center, and junior catcher Erica Sampson was given a two-out intentional walk before a strikeout ended the inning.

Oklahoma loaded the bases in the fourth with a one-out walk by third baseman Shelby Pendley and back-to-back two out singles by catcher Whitney Ellis and center fielder Destinee Martinez. Creger, however, struck out the next batter to end the inning. The single by Ellis was the first of the game for the Sooners.

TU also put a runner in scoring position in the second inning when sophomore left fielder Jodi Edmiston drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. A pair of strikeouts, however, ended the scoring threat.

OU got a single from Pendley after the leadoff homer in the sixth, but Creger induced a pop up bunt, fly out to right and a groundout to short to end the inning. Oklahoma also reached third base in the first frame, but Sampson fired down to Withee to pick off the runner and end the inning.

The Golden Hurricane returns home for three games at the Collins Family Softball Complex this week before opening Conference USA play on the road at Marshall March 15-16. TU plays host to Western Illinois at 6 p.m. Monday and 3 p.m. Tuesday, and Arkansas at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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Oklahoma 1, Tulsa 0 (Mar 09, 2014 at Norman, Okla.)
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Tulsa............... 000 000 0 -  0  2  1      (18-3)
Oklahoma............ 000 001 X -  1  4  0      (17-6)
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Pitchers: Tulsa - Creger, Aimee and Sampson, Erica. Oklahoma - Stevens, K. and Ellis, W..
Win-Stevens, K.(11-3)  Loss-CREGER, Aimee(8-1)  T-1:40  A-854
HR OU - Chamberlain (6).
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