No. 21 Softball Completes Weekend Sweep of Marshall
March 10, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Aimee Creger tossed 11 strikeouts in a one-hitter to lead the 21st-ranked Tulsa softball team to an 8-0, five-inning, win over Marshall Sunday at the Collins Family Softball Complex.
Haley Hensahw, Julie Kernen and Cassidy Bowen each had two-run hits as the Golden Hurricane (19-5, 3-0 C-USA) took advantage of a pair of Marshall errors and compiled eight runs in the first three innings. Creger (11-1) was dominant, striking out the side in the first and fifth innings to bookend a performance in which she walked just one batter.
Jazmine Valle had the lone hit for the Thundering Herd (10-12, 0-3 C-USA), a liner into right center with two out in the fourth inning. Marshall starter Andi Williamson (10-11) took the loss. Four of the eight runs she allowed in 2.2 innings were earned.
TU won both games of the doubleheader on Saturday, 6-0, and 9-6.
"(Aimee) was throwing the ball very well all weekend," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "I thought she had excellent movement both days. That's evident by the fact that she had a lot of swing-and-misses. I'm pretty proud of the at-bats we had all weekend. Facing a pitcher that gave us fits last year (Williamson), I thought we really put some good swings on her this weekend. I think that's a good sign. It may be a product of the competition we've faced coming in here. We're maybe a little bit more prepared for that type of pitching. I think that was the case this weekend, with great at-bats."
Henshaw put Tulsa on the board in the first inning with a two-run single to right center that scored Jill Barrett and Samantha Cobb. Barrett, Cobb and Lacey Middlebrooks earned consecutive walks before the RBI hit.
The Hurricane added two more runs in the second, one of which came on a single by Cobb. Bowen walked and went to second on a bunt single by Caitlin Everett. Barrett reached on a fielder's choice grounder to third that forced out Bowen, but the ensuing throw across the diamond was in the dirt and got past the first baseman. The error allowed Everett and Barrett to move up to second and third, and Everett ran home when the throw back to the infield went to second base. Cobb then singled to right center, scoring Barrett to make the score 4-0.
TU put up four runs in the third inning on a two-run double by Kernen and a two-run home run by Bowen. With two out in the inning, Creger reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and Shelby Blanton followed with a walk. Kernen then doubled off the top of the fence in right center, scoring Creger and Blanton. Bowen then launched her first homer of the season, a shot off the scoreboard in left field.
"I thought we played two excellent games (this weekend)," said Bargfeldt. "The first and the third game, I would call excellent games, when you start thinking about all four phases. In the second game, we had to have a couple of phases of our game pick up some others. But, all-in-all, our ultimate goal was to go ahead and, first, win the series. Then when you win the series, you want to come out and get that sweep, and they did an excellent job today of coming out and taking charge right off the bat, right at the beginning of the game."
The Golden Hurricane returns to action Thursday, when it plays host to Indiana State at 5 p.m. at the Collins Family Softball Complex.
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