No. 18 Softball Takes Doubleheader at East Carolina, 8-0 and 3-1
April 6, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Caitlin Everett tallied four hits on the day, Lacey Middlebrooks pitched a shutout and Aimee Creger struck out 11 batters to lead the Tulsa softball team to two wins at East Carolina, 8-0 (5 inn.) and 3-1, Saturday afternoon at ECU Softball Stadium.
The 18th-ranked Golden Hurricane (31-8-1, 11-0 C-USA) scored seven runs in the fifth inning of Game 1, and Lacey Middlebrooks (13-2) struck out three in the complete-game effort. Right fielder Haley Henshaw, first baseman Julie Kernen and catcher Cassidy Bowen each had two RBI for TU.
Aimee Creger (16-3) earned the complete-game victory in Game 2, striking out 11 batters. Centerfielder Caitlin Everett was 2-for-4 with a run scored, third baseman Jill Barrett scored two runs, and Middlebrooks and Henshaw each drove in runs for the Hurricane.
The series concludes with a single game at 11a.m. Sunday. Live video and live stats will be available at www.TulsaHurricane.com.
"It was important for us to play with a lead all day," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "Our pitching staff was outstanding in that they never put us in a situation where we had to come from behind. It gave our hitters a chance to get some runs. I think that's important when you're playing on the road, to not give the home team some momentum with their crowd."
Tulsa broke through in the fourth inning of the opening game with an RBI single by Henshaw. The base hit plated Cobb, who led off the inning with a single up the middle.
Left fielder Cierra Hughes got the seven-run fifth inning started with a one-out single up the middle, the first of four consecutive hits for the Golden Hurricane. Everett followed with a base hit down the left field line, Barrett doubled to right, and Cobb singled to left field to make the score 3-0. Middlebrooks then drew a walk, loading the bases.
Henshaw drove home Barrett on an RBI ground out, and Kernen plated Cobb and pinch runner Emma Horton with a base hit to left field. Second baseman Shelby Blanton walked, and Bowen doubled to left center to drive home Kernen and Blanton, making the score 8-0.
Middlebrooks kept the Pirates at bay, scattering five hits over four innings. ECU had two hits in the second frame to place runners at first and third with two out, but a Middlebrooks strikeout ended the inning. ECU put a runner on second in the third inning with a leadoff single by centerfielder Meredith Mitchell and sac bunt, but that was as far as she advanced.
The same sequence led first baseman Jordan Lewis to second base in the fourth, but a pair of groundouts ended any threat in the frame. TU allowed only a one-out single in the fifth inning, but Middlebrooks induced a groundout and strikeout to close the game.
Tulsa jumped on top early in Game 2, scoring twice in the visiting half of the first inning. Everett and Barrett led off with back-to-back singles. Everett beat out an infield grounder and Barrett singled into center field. Henshaw singled to left, scoring Everett. Barrett then scored on a delayed double steal attempt as Henshaw was thrown out at second.
East Carolina scored in the third inning on an RBI single by third baseman Alex Fieldhouse that plated right fielder Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin, who led off the frame with a bunt base hit.
The Golden Hurricane picked up its insurance run in the sixth inning when Middlebrooks singled home Barrett, who reached on a fielder's choice.
The Pirates threatened again with runners at first and third in the fifth inning, but a pair of fly outs ended the inning. Kaluhiokalani-Glackin hit a one-out double in the seventh, but a strikeout and grounder back to the circle ended the game.
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Tulsa 8, East Carolina 0 (Apr 06, 2013 at Greenville, N.C.) (Game 1) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Tulsa............... 000 17 - 8 10 0 (30-8-1, 10-0 C-USA) East Carolina....... 000 00 - 0 5 0 (14-23, 4-6 C-USA) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pitchers: Tulsa - Middlebrooks, Lacey and Bowen, Cassidy. East Carolina - Christian and Clark. Win-MIDDLEBROOKS, Lacey(13-2) Loss-Christian(11-11) T-1:22 A-210
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