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Six-Run First, Creger One-Hitter Lead Tulsa Past UTEP 6-0

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March 29, 2014

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TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa scored six runs in the first inning, and senior Aimee Creger struck out 17 batters in a one-hit shutout as Tulsa defeated UTEP 6-0 in Game 1 Saturday afternoon at the Collins Family Softball Complex.

Creger matched her career high with 17 strikeouts, and walked none to improve to 14-1 on the season. UTEP's lone single in the sixth inning was their first off of Creger in 11 innings, dating back to her five-inning no-hitter of the Miners on April 27, 2013.

The Golden Hurricane (30-3, 7-0 C-USA) scored all six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Danielle Pearson (5-9) took the loss for the Miners (12-23, 4-7 C-USA).

Creger tied her career and school strikeout record set earlier this season on Feb. 28 against Creighton, also accomplished in a seven-inning complete game. She struck out the first six batters of the game Saturday, and retired the side by punch out in four innings.

Tulsa jumped out to a 6-0 quickly, with five hits and four walks, while sending 11 batters to the plate in the first inning.

Jill Barrett drew a leadoff walk, followed by a bunt single from Shelby Blanton. Barrett advanced to third on a deep fly out by Erica Sampson and scored on an illegal pitch. Jill Roye drew a walk and Jodi Edmiston singled home Blanton to make the score 2-0.

Senior center fielder Cierra Hughes then drew a walk, and sophomore catcher Catherine Horner drove a base hit to right center, plating Roye and Edmiston and putting runners at second and third. Hughes then scored on an illegal pitch, and Haley Henshaw drove home Horner with a single deep in the hole at second.

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Tulsa 6, UTEP 0 (Mar 29, 2014 at Tulsa, Okla.) (Game 1)
UTEP................ 000 000 0 -  0  1  0      (12-22, 4-6)
Tulsa............... 600 000 X -  6  7  0      (30-3, 7-0)
Pitchers: UTEP - Pearson, Danielle and Finley, McKenzey. Tulsa - Creger, Aimee and
Horner, Catherine.
Win-CREGER, Aimee(14-1)  Loss-Pearson, Danielle(5-9)  T-1:42  A-0
Weather: 63 Sunny, Wind N @ 8 mph