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No. 16 Softball Defeats UTSA 2-1 in 11 Innings

Senior Aimee Creger tossed an 11-inning complete game to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 2-1 win at UTSA Saturday.
Senior Aimee Creger tossed an 11-inning complete game to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 2-1 win at UTSA Saturday.
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April 19, 2014

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SAN ANTONIO - Senior Haley Henshaw's home run in the top of the 11th inning gave No. 16 Tulsa a 2-1 win at UTSA and complete the series sweep Saturday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.

Senior Aimee Creger (21-1) went the distance, striking out 16 batters and allowing two hits for the Golden Hurricane (41-5, 15-2 C-USA). Nicole Merrill (7-9) took the loss after pitching 5.0 innings in relief of Kacy Freeze. The Roadrunners fell to 20-26, 7-11 C-USA).

Saturday's 11-inning contest was the longest for Tulsa since 2012, when it defeated Oregon State 9-7 in 11 innings in the NCAA Regional.

"You have to admire the fight. They kept fighting and kept the pressure on," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "Aimee did a great job. It was good to see the team go through adversity this weekend. They were two different types of wins (including the comeback win Friday), but two games you just have to fight hard to win."

UTSA scored its run on a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning by Jori Fox. The Hurricane tied it up in the top of the third on an RBI single by Julie Kernen. Jill Barrett, who got it started with a one-out single and scored on Kernen's hit, finished the game 3-for-5 to lead the 10-hit effort by the Hurricane.

Henshaw's homer in the 11th was a shot to right field, her fifth of the season. Tulsa had opportunities in other innings. TU put runners at second and third with one out in the sixth inning, and had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth inning, but was not able to cross the plate until the 11th.

Aside from the home run, the other UTSA hit was a single in the third inning. The remainder of the Roadrunner baserunners came on four walks and two hit batters. UTSA only had one runner on base in the fifth, seventh, ninth and 10th innings, and only two runners reached scoring position after the home run.

The Golden Hurricane plays at Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, before returning home for a three-game series against Middle Tennessee next weekend, April 26-27.

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Tulsa 2, UTSA 1 (Apr 19, 2014 at San Antonio, Texas)
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Tulsa............... 001 000 000 01 -  2 10  0      (41-5, 15-2 C-USA)
UTSA................ 100 000 000 00 -  1  2  0      (20-26, 7-11 C-USA)
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Pitchers: Tulsa - Creger, Aimee and Horner, Catherine. UTSA - Freeze; Merrill(7) and Soefje.
Win-CREGER, Aimee(21-1)  Loss-Merrill(7-9)  T-3:30  A-296
HR TLS - Henshaw, Haley (5).
HR UTSA - Fox (10).
Weather: 74, partly cloudy, SE 8 mph
Freeze faced 1 batter in the 6th.