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Middlebrooks Walkoff Homer Leads Tulsa Past Memphis, 4-2

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April 6, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. - Lacey Middlebrooks' frozen-rope two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh gave Tulsa a 4-2 walkoff win over Memphis in game one Friday afternoon at the Collins Family Softball Complex.

With two out in the inning, the junior designated player stayed alive for 13 pitches, fouling off seven balls in the at-bat, before hitting a rocket over the left field fence for the game-winner. The homer also scored third baseman Jill Barrett, who led off the inning with a single.

Sophomore Aimee Creger (13-2) earned the complete-game win, striking out six batters and allowing five hits and two earned runs for the Golden Hurricane (25-7, 9-1 C-USA). Ellen Roberts (6-14) allowed 11 hits and four earned runs in the complete-game loss for the Tigers (11-28, 2-11 C-USA).

Tulsa took a 2-0 lead with a run in each of the first two innings, and Memphis tied the game with one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings.

Barrett singled in the first and came around to score on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. In the second, catcher Cassidy Bowen singled, and moved around to score on base hits by left fielder Cierra Hughes, center fielder Caitlin Everett and an RBI single by shortstop Samantha Cobb.

Memphis scored each of its two runs on solo home runs, which were also the Tigers' first two hits of the game. First baseman Jessica Phillips homered to center field in the fourth inning, and left fielder Ashleigh King homered to left center in the fifth inning.

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Tulsa 4, Memphis 2 (Apr 06, 2012 at Tulsa, Okla.) (Game 1)
Memphis............. 000 110 0 -  2  5  0      (11-28, 2-11)
Tulsa............... 110 000 2 -  4 11  1      (25-7, 9-1)
Pitchers: Memphis - ROBERTS, Ellen and LINDAHL, Amber. Tulsa - Creger, Aimee and Bowen, Cassidy
Win-CREGER, Aimee(13-2)  Loss-ROBERTS, Ellen(6-14)  T-1:50  A-0
HR MEM - PHILLIPS, Jessica (2); KING, Ashleigh (1).
HR TLS - Middlebrooks, Lacey (2).
Weather: 66 Cloudy, Wind ESE @ 8 mph