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Softball Clinches Series over Marshall with 7-1 Win

Junior Samantha Cobb hit a two-run home run to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 2-1 win at Marshall Sunday and clinch the C-USA Series over the Thundering Herd.
Junior Samantha Cobb hit a two-run home run to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 2-1 win at Marshall Sunday and clinch the C-USA Series over the Thundering Herd.
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April 15, 2012

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Samantha Cobb homered and Caitlin Everett scored three runs to lead Tulsa to a 7-1 series-clinching win at Marshall Sunday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field.

Junior Lacey Middlebrooks (13-3) struck out five batters and scattered eight hits to earn the complete-game win for the Golden Hurricane (29-9, 12-3 C-USA). TU held on to sole possession of first place in the C-USA standings with a one-game lead over Houston and UAB after the weekend.

Cobb launched her 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning that gave TU a 4-0 lead. Everett was 3-for-3 at the plate, leading to her three runs for the Hurricane. TU, which played errorless ball in the field, tallied eight hits and took advantage of four Marshall errors in the game.

Marshall starter Andi Williamson (16-11) allowed four runs in 2.1 innings and took the loss for the Thundering Herd (25-18, 11-7 C-USA).

"We continued to move the ball well, and Sammy's big home run probably had the same effect on them as it did on us yesterday (when Marshall homered twice in game one)," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "Lacey did an excellent job of getting out of some jams with big hitters up, especially in the fifth inning and allowed us to keep a three-run lead. Our hitters did a good job in the seventh of stringing hits together - Cassidy led that off with a double - and allowed us to get even more of a cushion."

Everett led off the game with a walk, moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Jill Barrett with an error on the play, and scored on a passed ball.

The junior center fielder got it started again in the third inning when she hit a one-out single to left center, and came all the way around to score on Barrett's single up the middle and ensuing throwing error by the center fielder. Cobb followed with her two-run blast to left field, giving TU a 4-0 lead.

"We've had a lot of low scoring games recently, and Caitlin went about three games where she couldn't get anything going. She would hit the ball hard and it wasn't always her fault, but today she was 3-for-3 and scored three runs," said Bargfeldt. "Today just shows how much easier it is for us to score runs when our first two hitters get it started for us."

Marshall managed just two hits through four innings as TU kept the home team off the scoreboard. The Thundering Herd, however, pushed a run across in the fifth when center fielder Jessica Hughes tripled to center field and scored on a sacrifice squeeze bunt by left fielder Melissa Loesing to cut the lead to 4-1. The top of the Herd order added a pair of singles in the inning, but Middlebrooks ended the threat with a strikeout.

Six of Marshall's eight hits in the ballgame came in the fifth and sixth innings, but the Herd scored no more runs. Middlebrooks induced a 1-6-3 double play, and then after a pair of singles, and stolen bases, got out of the jam with a ground out to third in the sixth inning.

Tulsa added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh to extend its lead to 7-1. Catcher Cassidy Bowen led off the inning with a double to right center, and was followed by a bunt single from pinch hitter Cierra Hughes. Everett drove home Bowen with a single to right field, and after a ground out and an intentional walk to Cobb, second baseman Skylar Swanson plated Hughes with a fielder's choice ground out. Everett came around to score on a throwing error by the second baseman.

Barrett's base hit in the third inning extended her hitting streak to 19 consecutive games. She is one game shy of the school-record of 20 set by Julie Shafer in 2005-06.

The Golden Hurricane plays host to Central Arkansas at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and then plays at Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a rescheduled game from March 21. Tulsa plays host to Houston in a big C-USA series April 21-22. The first game of Saturday's doubleheader against UH will begin at 3:30 p.m., and will be televised by Fox Sports Network.

Tickets to TU home softball games are $5.00 general admission and can be purchased at the gate. Youth softball girls are admitted FREE when wearing their team jersey/uniform.

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Tulsa 7, Marshall 1 (Apr 15, 2012 at Huntington, W.Va.)
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Tulsa............... 103 000 3 -  7  8  0      (29-9, 12-3 C-USA)
Marshall............ 000 010 0 -  1  8  4      (25-18, 11-7 C-USA)
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Pitchers: Tulsa - Middlebrooks, Lacey and Bowen, Cassidy. Marshall - WILLIAMSON; PULVER, N.(3)
and GAMBY, R..
Win-MIDDLEBROOKS, Lacey(13-3)  Loss-WILLIAMSON(16-11)  T-2:16  A-476
HR TLS - Cobb, Samantha (10).
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