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Homers Power No. 16 Softball Past Central Arkansas 10-2

Freshman Jill Roye hit a grand slam and was part of the first triple play turned in school history, as the Golden Hurricane defeated Central Arkansas 10-2 Wednesday.
Freshman Jill Roye hit a grand slam and was part of the first triple play turned in school history, as the Golden Hurricane defeated Central Arkansas 10-2 Wednesday.
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TULSA, Okla. - Jill Roye hit a grand slam, Haley Henshaw, Catherine Horner, and Cierra Hughes each hit two-run homers, and Tulsa turned a triple play in its 10-2 (5 inn.) win over Central Arkansas Wednesday evening at the Collins Family Softball Complex.

Roye's slam to right field put the 16th-ranked Golden Hurricane (34-3) on the board to start an eight-run third inning. Horner and Henshaw also homered in the third inning, and Hughes' shot ended the game in the bottom of the fifth.

TU's triple play was the first one turned in program history. With runners on first and second in the fourth inning, Maggie Withee caught a line drive at third and whipped the ball to Roye at first base, who then slung it over to Shelby Blanton on second base, beating both runners before they could retreat to the bag.

Junior Bailey Erwin (10-0) earned the complete-game victory for Tulsa. UCA starter Kylee Studioso (9-7) pitched 2.2 innings and took the loss. Ciara Clampitt tossed the final 1.1 innings for the Bears (17-22). TU extended its winning streak to 16 games.

"We were looking to at least get a double play, and we ended up getting a triple play out of it," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said of the three-out play in the fourth inning. "It was a good head's up play by Maggie going to first, and then Jill Roye slinging it over to second base and getting the force there too. It got us out of a jam there."

Each team had two hits after two frames, but neither was able to get past second base, taking a scoreless tie into the third inning.

Henshaw started the bottom of the third with a hard liner into right for a base hit. Jill Barrett reached on a fielding error at second base, and Blanton bunted safely for a hit. Following a pop out to right, Roye slammed her fourth homer of the season to give Tulsa a 4-0 lead. Two pitches earlier, Roye had hammered a pitch just outside of the right field foul pole.

"It's just a long strike, and you have to come back and regroup after you hit one that well," said Bargfeldt. "Jill did a good job of coming back and getting that second pitch and getting the barrel on it."

Following a groundout, Hughes bunted for a single and Horner followed with her third home run of the season to make the score 6-0. Withee doubled to right center, and Henshaw came back around to launch her fourth home run of the year to extend the lead to 8-0.

In the top of the fifth, Central Arkansas center fielder Amy Gunnells singled and left fielder Hannah Stirton reached on an error, and third baseman Sam Forrest doubled to right center, scoring both baserunners to cut the lead to 8-2.

The Hurricane sent two batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore designated player Jodi Edmiston drew a leadoff walk, and Hughes hit her opposite-field shot to left center to end the game. It was the third home run of the season for the senior center fielder.

"Their pitcher had a pretty good rise ball going early. We were swinging at that one at the letters early in the game. We did a better job of adjusting the second time around, and attacking that ball just below the waist," Bargfeldt said. "Haley got us started off with that, she just ripped that first pitch, and that led to that big inning."

Prior to the game, Bargfeldt was presented with a plaque by TU Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg commemorating his 300th career win. The feat was accomplished earlier this season when Tulsa opened the year with a 5-1 victory over St. John's.

Tulsa returns to conference play this weekend when it travels for a three-game C-USA series at UAB. The Hurricane and Blazers play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Tulsa 10, Central Arkansas 2 (Apr 02, 2014 at Tulsa, Okla.)
Central Arkansas.... 000 02 -  2  5  1      (17-22)
Tulsa............... 008 02 - 10 10  1      (34-3)
Pitchers: Central Arkansas - Studioso, Kylee; Clampitt, Ciara(3) and Taylor, Jessie. Tulsa -
Erwin, Bailey and Horner, Catherine.
Win-ERWIN, Bailey(10-0)  Loss-Studioso, Kylee(9-7)  T-1:23  A-215
HR TLS - Roye, Jill (4); Hughes, Cierra (3); Horner, Catherine (3); Henshaw, Haley (4).
Weather: 80 Mstly Cloudy, Wind S@16mph
Clampitt, C. faced 2 batters in the 5th.