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Creger Pitches Tulsa to 6-0 Shutout of Arkansas

Sophomore Aimee Creger pitched a two-hiit shutout to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 6-0 win at Arkansas Wednesday.
Sophomore Aimee Creger pitched a two-hiit shutout to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 6-0 win at Arkansas Wednesday.
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March 28, 2012

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Aimee Creger pitched a two-hit shutout and Tulsa tallied double-digit hits for the seventh straight game to defeat Arkansas, 6-0, Wednesday at Bogle Park.

Second baseman Skylar Swanson and shortstop Samantha Cobb each drove in two runs for Golden Hurricane (23-6). Creger (11-2) struck out nine and walked just one batter. Starter Kimmy Beasley (5-2) allowed a run in 2.0 innings and took the loss for Arkansas (18-13).

"I was very happy with the way we played," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "I thought our team came out and took control and won all the phases of the game, in terms of pitching well, running the bases well, hitting well and playing the better defense. Our focus was to go out and do what we do, play our game and play well, and let other things take care of themselves."

Tulsa got on the board in the top of the first when second baseman Skylar Swanson doubled to left center, scoring third baseman Jill Barrett. Barrett reached on a bunt single and moved up to second on a wild pitch.

The Hurricane threatened with runners in scoring position in the second and third inning, but did not cross the plate again until the fifth inning when Cobb homered. The shot also scored center fielder Caitlin Everett, who reached on a fielder's choice.

Creger held Arkansas hitless through the first three innings. The Razorbacks got their first hit when shortstop Clarisa Navarro led off with a single to left center. Arkansas loaded the bases in the inning, but a fly out to center ended the threat.

Arkansas once again threatened in the sixth, getting its first two batters on with a single and a hit by pitch. However, Creger coaxed a fly out to center and a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.

Tulsa added three more runs in the seventh to extend its lead to 6-0. Everett led off with a single to center field, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Barrett, stole third, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Swanson. Cobb reached on an error, stole second and scored on Middlebrooks' double to right field. Middlebrooks scored from second when a throw got away from the first baseman.

Everett, who broke the TU career stolen bases record earlier this year, had three steals in the ballgame to bring her career total to 81 steals.

The Golden Hurricane takes a break from C-USA play this week, and will play in Austin, Texas, against Texas and New Mexico on March 31. TU plays No. 6 Texas at 11 a.m., and No. 25 New Mexico at 4 p.m.

Tickets to TU home softball games are $5.00 general admission and can be purchased at the gate. Youth softball girls are admitted FREE when wearing their team jersey/uniform.

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Tulsa 6, Arkansas 0 (Mar 28, 2012 at Fayetteville, Ark.)
Tulsa............... 100 020 3 -  6 11  1      (23-6)
Arkansas............ 000 000 0 -  0  2  2      (18-13)
Pitchers: Tulsa - Creger, Aimee and Bowen, Cassidy. Arkansas - Beasley; Cohen(3) and Martindale
Win-CREGER, Aimee(11-2)  Loss-Beasley(5-2)  T-1:56  A-395
HR TLS - Cobb, Samantha (7).
Weather: 77 Ptly Cloudy, Wind S @ 9 mph