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March 21, 2003

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Charlottesville, Va. - The University of Tulsa ran into the proverbial "7-10" split on Friday in the Hoo's Who Invitational. The Golden Hurricane lost its first game of the day 8-0, then won it's second game of the day 4-0 over host Virginia to cap the day's activities.

The Nittnay Lions posted 13 hits against Tulsa, the most allowed by TU this season. Third baseman Destinie Chavez posted a 3-for-3 performance for PSU, with two RBI and a run scored. The Hurricane posted four hits as junior Heather Hiar, Brandi McGuire, Julie Shafer and Ashlea Montgomery reached base safely with a hit.

Freshman Maren Genow pitched 4.1 innings, giving up four runs in the loss. Sophomore Lindsey Dyer pitched the final 1.1 innings, also giving up four runs.

In the nightcap, the Hurricane survived three consecutive singles in the bottom of the first without giving up a run. Tulsa did not allow baserunner after that, to preserve the 4-0 shutout.

TU blew open the scoreless contest with four runs in the fourth inning. Sophomore Stephanie Sliepen earned a one-out walk to get the Hurricane going. Senior Danielle Olsen followed with single to right field, setting up freshman Katie Torres for a three-run homer to center field. For Torres, it was her fourth home run of the season, the most ever by a TU freshman. Sophomore Stacey Walkingstick added a third hit with a single up the middle, followed by a stolen base to second. McGuire took advantage of having a runner in scoring position, with a double to left center. Walkingstick scored from second base.

Sophomore Ami Day recorded her fourth consecutive winning decision in the complete-game shutout. Improving her record to 7-5 on the season, Day struck out six UVa batters while not allowing a walk.

Tulsa will continue play in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday with a game against James Madison at 9 a.m. The Hurricane and the Dukes split a double-header earlier in the week in Harrisburg, Va. Tulsa will also face Robert Morris at 2 p.m.