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Softball Takes Series at UCF with 2-1 Win Sunday

Senior Jessica Stoelke scored the winning run in TU's 2-1 win at UCF Sunday.
Senior Jessica Stoelke scored the winning run in TU's 2-1 win at UCF Sunday.
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March 11, 2012

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Skylar Swanson and Julie Kernen each drove in a run to lead the Tulsa softball team to a 2-1 series-clinching victory at UCF Sunday at the UCF Softball Complex.

Lacey Middlebrooks (6-2) pitched 6.0 innings, allowing just two hits and an unearned run to pick up the win for the Golden Hurricane (16-5, 2-1 C-USA). Kalynn Schrock shut the door in the seventh inning to earn her first save of the season. Mackenzie Audas took the loss for UCF (16-9, 1-2 C-USA).

"I was very pleased with the outcome, considering how tough it is to win here, especially when they have a good pitcher," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "I was pleased to see the team bounce back after a tough day yesterday. We had more opportunities today and cashed in on them. I was very pleased with the way Lacey and Kalynn pitched."

UCF scored in the bottom of the first inning when shortstop Natalie Land, who led off with a single, crossed the plate on a passed ball.

Tulsa was held scoreless until the fifth inning when Caitlin Everett scored on a sacrifice squeeze bunt by Swanson. Everett led off the inning with a single up the middle, stole second, and was sacrificed to third base.

The Hurricane took the lead in the sixth when Kernen's single drove home Jessica Stoelke, who hit a one-out triple.

UCF threatened with runners in scoring position in three innings after the first, but Middlebrooks shut them down each time, getting a strikeout and a pair of ground outs.

The Golden Hurricane plays at Jacksonville at 4 p.m. Monday.

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Tulsa 2, UCF 1 (Mar 11, 2012 at Orlando, Fla.)
Tulsa............... 000 011 0 -  2  7  1      (16-5, 2-1 C-USA)
UCF................. 100 000 0 -  1  2  0      (16-9, 1-2 C-USA)
Pitchers: Tulsa - Schrock, Kalynn; MIDDLEBROOKS, Lacey(2) and . UCF - AUDAS, M. and .
Win-MIDDLEBROOKS, Lacey(6-2)  Save-SCHROCK, Kalynn(1)  Loss-AUDAS, M.(8-5)  T-2:01  A-147
Weather: 68, light rain, 13 mph E