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April 12, 2014

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TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa softball team split its doubleheader against East Carolina, as it won 11-9 in Game 1, and fell in Game 2, 10-2 (5 inn.) amid windy conditions Saturday afternoon at the Collins Family Softball Complex.

With a consistent south wind blowing out to left field between 20-25 mph all day, the teams combined for nine home runs in the opener. The Golden Hurricane (37-5, 11-2 C-USA) rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the fourth inning to take an 8-5 lead with seven runs in the bottom of the frame. TU led 11-7 after six, and held on for the 11-9 victory.

Freshman designated player Jill Roye drove in three runs for the Hurricane, while senior second baseman Shelby Blanton, junior first baseman Julie Kernen and senior right fielder Haley Henshaw each had two RBI. Roye, Kernen and senior center fielder Cierra Hughes all homered for Tulsa. Kernen hit two over the fence, and Hughes' was inside the park. TU totaled 13 hits and ECU tallied 10 hits in the ballgame.

Senior Aimee Creger (18-1) took home the Game 1 win for the Hurricane, while sophomore Caitlin Sill earned her first save of the season. Caroline Umphlett (5-5) took the loss for the Pirates (21-16, 10-7 C-USA).

In Game 2, East Carolina scored four runs in the second inning and six in the fifth, while Tulsa put up two runs in the fifth inning. Seven of the runs scored by the Pirates were unearned. Junior Bailey Erwin (10-2) took the loss for TU, and Sarah Christian (15-6) earned the win for ECU.

The rubber game between Tulsa and East Carolina will be played at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Collins Family Softball Complex. The game has been moved up one hour from its originally scheduled time in an attempt to avoid inclement weather in the forecast Sunday afternoon.

"Obviously this is not something that we're used to, especially in the manner in which we lost that second game," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "It was uncharacteristic of our team. I told them at the end: you talk about what you did wrong, but then you have to put it out of your mind. We still have a chance to win the series, and that's what's important tomorrow."

After a scoreless first inning in Game 1, East Carolina put three runs on the board in the top of the second with a two-run home run by third baseman Alex Fieldhouse and a solo homer by shortstop Casey Alcorn. Tulsa got a run back in the bottom of the second with an RBI base hit up the middle by Haley Henshaw that scored Hughes.

ECU then got a pair of solo home runs in the fourth inning by catcher Abby Wynne and first baseman Jordan Lewis, making the score 5-1. The Hurricane responded with seven two-out runs in the bottom of the frame to take an 8-5 lead.

Sophomore catcher Catherine Horner led off the inning with a single up the middle, followed by a line out to center and a fly out to left field. Senior shortstop Jill Barrett then earned a walk, and Blanton tripled off the fence in center field, scoring both runners to make the score 5-3. Junior left fielder Erica Sampson was hit by a pitch, leading to three consecutive home runs by Hurricane batters.

Roye hit a three-run opposite field homer down the left field line, Kernen followed with a solo shot to center, and Hughes hustled an inside-the-park home run. Hughes hit a rocket off the fence in left center that ricocheted back toward center field while she raced around the bases and slid into home safely under the tag. The trio of round-trippers capped a seven-run inning and gave TU an 8-5 advantage.

The Pirates scored two more runs in the top of the fifth on a two-RBI double by second baseman Kristi Oshiro. That made the score 8-7. Sill entered in relief, retired the side, and held ECU scoreless until the seventh inning.

The Golden Hurricane picked up three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 11-7. Kernen hit a one-out home run to left center. Horner then hit a two-out single just past first base, and freshman third baseman Maggie Withee reached on an error at first. Henshaw singled home Horner, and Withee scored from second base on a fielding error at second off the bat of Barrett.

East Carolina added two runs in the top of the seventh on a one-out solo home run by Oshiro and a two-out RBI single by Lewis. Sill induced a groundout to the next batter to end the game.

Creger pitched 4.1 innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits and struck out six batters. Sill tossed the final 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with two walks and four strikeouts to pick up the save for TU.

Umphlett allowed seven runs on seven hits and four walks in 3.2 innings. Christian pitched the final 2.1 innings in relief, allowing four runs - two earned runs - on six hits.

Game 2: East Carolina 10, Tulsa 2 (5 inn.)

East Carolina scored four runs in the second inning and six runs in the fifth to take a 10-2 win over Tulsa in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

Jill Roye and Julie Kernen each had an RBI, and Jill Barrett and Shelby Blanton each scored a run. Both Hurricane runs were scored in the fifth inning.

The Pirates scored four unearned runs in the second inning. With two outs, Casey Alcorn singled and designated player Jasmine Robbins reached on an error at second base. The ball rolled to the fence in left center, allowing Alcorn to score and Robbins to reach third base. Center fielder Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin, right fielder Shelby Johnson and Oshiro then hit consecutive RBI singles to make the score 4-0.

ECU added six runs in the top of the fifth to extend its lead to 10-0. Left fielder Jill Jelnick hit a two-run double, while Robbins, Wynne and Fieldhouse each had RBI singles. Robbins scored on an error at first base.

Tulsa scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 10-2. Barrett led off the inning with a base hit up the middle. Blanton lined a single to left and Erica Sampson lined a single off the pitcher's extended glove to load the bases. Roye and Kernen then hit consecutive RBI groundouts to second base, scoring Barrett and Blanton. A fly out to right ended the game.

Bailey Erwin pitched 4.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. Roye made her first career pitching appearance in relief of Erwin, tossing the final third of the fifth inning. She allowed two unearned runs.

Tulsa had not lost a game by run rule since Feb. 16, 2013 when it fell to Arkansas 14-3 in five innings. The 10 runs scored in Game 2 were the most allowed by TU since March 23, 2013 when it dropped a 10-6 game at UNLV.

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Tulsa 11, East Carolina 9 (Apr 12, 2014 at Tulsa, Okla.) (Game 1)
East Carolina....... 030 220 2 -  9 10  4      (20-16, 9-7)
Tulsa............... 010 703 X - 11 13  0      (37-4, 11-1)
Pitchers: East Carolina - UMPHLETT, Caroline; CHRISTIAN, Sarah(4) and WYNNE, Abby. Tulsa -
Creger, Aimee; SILL, Caitlin(5) and Horner, Catherine.
Win-CREGER, Aimee(18-1)  Save-SILL, Caitlin(1)  Loss-UMPHLETT, Caroline(5-5)  T-2:28  A-0
HR ECU - OSHIRO, Kristi (4); WYNNE, Abby (5); FIELDHOUSE, Alex (8); LEWIS, Jordan (10); ALCORN, Casey (6).
HR TLS - Roye, Jill (6); Kernen, Julie 2 (5); Hughes, Cierra (4).
Weather: 78 Ptly Cloudy, Wind SSE@23mph

East Carolina 10, Tulsa 2 (Apr 12, 2014 at Tulsa, Okla.) (Game 2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- East Carolina....... 040 06 - 10 11 3 (21-16, 10-7) Tulsa............... 000 02 - 2 7 3 (37-5, 11-2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pitchers: East Carolina - CHRISTIAN, Sarah and WYNNE, Abby. Tulsa - Erwin, Bailey; ROYE, Jill(5) and Horner, Catherine. Win-CHRISTIAN, Sarah(15-6) Loss-ERWIN, Bailey(10-2) T-1:41 A-400 Weather: 82 Ptly Cloudy, Wind S @ 24mph