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March 12, 2011

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TULSA, Okla. - Every player in the lineup got a hit, scored a run, or drove in a run as the Tulsa softball team took game one of a doubleheader, 9-1, over Marshall in five innings Saturday afternoon at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex.

Freshman Aimee Creger (8-1) struck out 11 batters and gave up just one hit and one walk for the Golden Hurricane, which improved to 15-7 on the season. The lone Marshall run came on a solo home run in the second inning.

Senior right fielder Lauren Menke, freshman left fielder Shelby Blanton and sophomore catcher Cassidy Bowen combined to drive in seven TU runs. Blanton, sophomore center fielder Caitlin Everett and freshman third baseman Jill Barrett each had two hits for the Hurricane.

"You don't expect to get off to a six-run first inning," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "One thing I've seen us do in the past is to score a bunch early and not follow it up with some more. We didn't do that today. Aimee pitched well in that first game, but the bats just put us in a great position, and it was great to see that."

Tulsa opened the game by scoring six runs in the first inning, and added three more in the fifth.

Everett led off the first with an infield single, moved to second on a throwing error by the catcher, and was followed by a bunt single by Barrett. Sophomore shortstop Samantha Cobb drove home Everett with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Junior second baseman Skylar Swanson and sophomore designated player Lacey Middlebrooks drew back-to-back walks to load the bases, and senior right fielder Lauren Menke hit another sacrifice fly to score Barrett.

After Blanton hit an RBI single up the middle, scoring Swanson, Bowen came up and blasted a three-run home run to center field, giving TU a 6-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Barrett led off with a base hit to right field and Cobb singled to center. Swanson hit a sacrifice fly to center, but the center fielder dropped the ball, allowing her to reach safely. Barrett scored on the play.

Menke then drove home Cobb with Tulsa's fourth sacrifice fly of the day, and Blanton singled down the line just past third base to score Swanson, making the score, 9-1.

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