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March 17, 2013

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Tulsa scored all of its nine runs in two innings, including a seven-run explosion in the top of the fourth, to complete its Conference USA series sweep at Memphis with a 9-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Tigers Softball Complex.

Lacey Middlebrooks (9-2) struck out nine batters, and allowed no earned runs and just four hits in 6.0 innings. Shortstop Samantha Cobb homered for the fourth time this season and drove in four runs for the Golden Hurricane, which improved to 23-5 overall and 6-0 in C-USA play.

Aimee Creger entered the game in relief of Middlebrooks in the seventh inning. She struck out two batters in the frame to become Tulsa's all-time strikeouts leader. She has 565 strikeouts in her two-and-a-half seasons, surpassing the 564 career strikeouts by Jackie Lawrence from 2007-10.

Tulsa got on the scoreboard with two runs in the third inning on Cobb's two-out, two-run home run to center field. Center fielder Caitlin Everett, who reached on a one-out error, scored on the homer.

First baseman Julie Kernen drew a one-out walk in the fourth inning, and second baseman Shelby Blanton doubled down the right field line. Designated player Catherine Horner then doubled to left, scoring Kernen, and left fielder Jodi Edmiston hit into a fielder's choice, plating Blanton. All runners were safe on the fielder's choice play.

Third baseman Jill Barrett then hit a two-out single down the left field line, scoring Horner, and Cobb tripled, clearing the bases to make the score 7-0. Cobb scored on a double by Middlebrooks, and catcher Cassidy Bowen, who led off the inning, and Kernen came back up with a single and a walk to load the bases. Blanton, who finished 3-for-4 in the game, drove home Cobb for the final run with a base hit to left field.

Including the third-inning home run by Cobb, six of the nine runs scored by the Hurricane Sunday came with two out in the inning.

Middlebrooks retired 10 of the first 11 batters she faced, allowing only a first-inning double. The Tigers (11-17, 3-3 C-USA) scored both of their runs in the fourth inning, on a pair of RBI singles by second baseman Kelly Braman and first baseman Libby Goranson.

After Goranson's run-scoring single, Middlebrooks retired six of the final seven batters she faced, allowing only a baserunner on an error. Creger entered in the seventh, striking out two batters, giving up one walk, and inducing a grounder to the circle to end the ballgame.

The Golden Hurricane returns to action next weekend when it plays a non-conference tournament at the UNLV Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. TU begins with a contest against Texas Tech at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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Tulsa 9, Memphis 2 (Mar 17, 2013 at Memphis, Tenn.)
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Tulsa............... 002 700 0 -  9 14  3      (23-5, 6-0 C-USA)
Memphis............. 000 200 0 -  2  4  1      (11-17, 3-3 C-USA)
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Pitchers: Tulsa - Middlebrooks, Lacey; CREGER, Aimee(7) and Bowen, Cassidy. Memphis -
ROBERTS, E.; PEARSON, S.(4); RICHWOOD, J.(4) and LINDAHL, A..
Win-MIDDLEBROOKS, Lacey(9-2)  Loss-ROBERTS, E.(5-11)  T-2:02  A-261
HR TLS - Cobb, Samantha (4).
Weather: 55, cloudy
PEARSON, S. faced 4 batters in the 4th.