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April 20, 2013

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HOUSTON - Houston scored in the bottom of the seventh inning of each game to take the Conference USA doubleheader from Tulsa, 4-3 and 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Cougar Softball Field.

Samantha Cobb went 4-for-7 with home run and two runs scored in the two games to lead the Golden Hurricane (32-13-1, 12-5 C-USA).

Tulsa took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 1, but the Cougars (31-14, 14-3 C-USA) scored three runs to pick up the 4-3 win. Down 2-0 in the sixth inning of Game 2, Tulsa scored twice in the top of the inning to tie the game, 2-2, but Haley Outon led off the seventh with a home run for a 3-2 Houston win.

Aimee Creger (17-5) struck out 11 batters and allowed four earned runs on six hits with six walks in Game 1. Bailey Watts (16-4) earned the win for Houston after allowing three earned runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and five walks.

Caitlin Sill (2-5) pitched 4.0 innings in relief of TU starter Lacey Middlebrooks in Game 2. Sill shut out Houston for four innings, allowing just two hits and two walks with a strikeout in that span. Julana Shrum (3-2) earned the win in relief for the Cougars, pitching 1.2 innings with a strikeout and two walks. Diedre Outon started and threw 5.0 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.

The teams conclude the series at noon Sunday. Live video and live stats will be available at www.TulsaHurricane.com.

"We had two walkoff hits against us. I don't think I've seen that in my whole career," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "You just have to give them credit. We were maybe pressing at the plate. We felt pretty confident with a 3-1 lead in the first game, but walks hurt us. They hurt us in the second game too. We had opportunities in the first game. We left eight baserunners on in the first three innings. We saw some good things in both games. We made a good comeback in the second game. Our bench players did a good job coming in, and they got some key hits when some of our players were pressing. Sill did a nice job coming in today. She just made one bad pitch. But you have to live with it, and come back and go again tomorrow."

Tulsa struck first in the second inning of Game 1 on a bases-loaded single by Jill Barrett. Her base hit to left scored Shelby Blanton, who led off the frame with a single to center. Cierra Hughes hit a one-out single and Everett walked to load the bases.

Houston tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the third on a solo home run to left center by Julia Pecina.

The Golden Hurricane led 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh after Cobb hit a solo home run to left in the top of the sixth and Haley Henshaw homered to right center in the top of the seventh.

The Cougars scored three runs in the seventh on two hits and three walks. A pair of one-out walks sandwiched around a single up the middle by Katie St. Pierre loaded the bases. Holly Anderson drew a walk to make the score, 3-2, and Haley Outon hit a hard single to the right of second base, scoring two runs to end the game.

Tulsa loaded the bases in the first and second innings - after its run in the second - and had runners on first and second in the third and fourth stanzas, tallying at least two hits in each of the first three innings. Aside from the third-inning home run, Houston did not get a runner to second base in the first five innings, as Creger picked up seven of her strikeouts in that span.

In Game 2, Houston scored two unearned runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Pecina reached on an error at first base, and came around to score on a triple by Taylor Duplechain. Diedre Outon then drew a walk, and moved around to score on a two-out fielder's choice by Holly Anderson.

The Cougars' lead held until the sixth inning when the Golden Hurricane scored two runs on an RBI double by Henshaw and an RBI single by Catherine Horner. Cobb led off the inning with a base hit to right center and scored on Henshaw's one-out double. Julie Kernen followed the double with a single to left, and Horner singled to right center, plating Henshaw.

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Houston 4, Tulsa 3 (Apr 20, 2013 at Houston, TX) (Game 1)
Tulsa............... 010 001 1 -  3 10  0      (32-12-1, 12-4 C-USA)
Houston............. 001 000 3 -  4  6  0      (30-14, 13-3 C-USA)
Pitchers: Tulsa - Creger, Aimee and Bowen, Cassidy. Houston - WATTS and OUTON,H.
Win-WATTS(16-4)  Loss-CREGER, Aimee(17-5)  T-2:05  A-0
HR TLS - Cobb, Samantha (8); Henshaw, Haley (4).
Weather: Sunny, 68

Houston 3, Tulsa 2 (Apr 20, 2013 at Houston, TX) (Game 2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Tulsa............... 000 002 0 - 2 6 2 (32-13-1, 12-5 C-USA) Houston............. 020 000 1 - 3 4 1 (31-14, 14-3 C-USA) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pitchers: Tulsa - Sill, Caitlin; MIDDLEBROOKS, Lacey(5) and Bowen, Cassidy. Houston - OUTON,D; SHRUM(6) and OUTON,H. Win-SHRUM(3-2) Loss-SILL, Caitlin(2-5) T-2:02 A-713 HR HOU - OUTON,H (14). Weather: 66, Sunny SILL, C. faced 1 batter in the 7th.