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No. 22 Softball Defeats Houston, 2-0, Sunday

Jill Barrett (left) scored two runs and Aimee Creger (right) struck out eight batters in a complete-game shutout to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 2-0 win at Houston Sunday.
Jill Barrett (left) scored two runs and Aimee Creger (right) struck out eight batters in a complete-game shutout to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 2-0 win at Houston Sunday.
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April 21, 2013

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HOUSTON - Jill Barrett scored twice and Aimee Creger struck out eight in a complete-game performance as Tulsa defeated Houston, 2-0, in the Conference USA series finale Sunday afternoon at Cougar Softball Field.

Julie Kernen and Haley Henshaw provided the RBI for the Golden Hurricane, which improved to 33-13-1 overall and 13-5 in C-USA play. Creger (18-5) scattered five hits and two walks in her fourth shutout of the season, and never let a runner past second base in the game. Summer Groholski (5-4) struck out four, walked four and allowed five hits and two earned runs in the complete-game loss for the Cougars (31-15, 14-4 C-USA).

"We came back, showed some fight and showed some determination today," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "We had good pitching and good defense. We got timely RBI when we needed them. Aimee did a great job. We you have great pitching, it always makes the game more manageable, and we got that today."

Tulsa scored in the first inning when Barrett, batting in the leadoff spot, started the game with a single to left field and scored on a sacrifice fly. Samantha Cobb and Kernen each drew one-out walks, and Henshaw flew out to left center to plate Barrett.

The score held at 1-0 until the fifth inning when Barrett singled and scored on a fielder's choice to give TU a 2-0 lead. She moved to second when Caitlin Everett reached on an error, stole third base, and ran home on an RBI fielder's choice ground out to second by Kernen.

The Hurricane put runners in scoring position in the second inning with a single and a walk, but Houston got out of the inning with two fielder's choice ground outs and a tag at home of Barrett trying to score from second on a base hit by Cobb.

The Cougars got two hits in the second inning, and one each in the third, fourth and fifth innings. The second hit in the second frame came with two outs, and a strike out looking by Creger ended the threat. A hit-by-pitch in the fourth stanza put runners at first and second with one out, but a fly out and ground out ended the inning. Those were the only two innings in which Houston put runners as far as second base, and Creger retired nine of the final 11 batters in the game.

The Hurricane took a two-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, just as in Game 1 on Saturday, but a strikeout, pop up to third, and caught stealing following a walk prevented any designs of a comeback by Houston.

With Sunday's win, Tulsa salvaged a game in the series after dropping two on Saturday, 4-3 and 3-2.

The Golden Hurricane returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Oklahoma State for a non-conference contest at 7 p.m.

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Tulsa 2, Houston 0 (Apr 21, 2013 at Houston, TX)
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Tulsa............... 100 010 0 -  2  5  0      (33-13-1, 13-5 C-USA)
Houston............. 000 000 0 -  0  5  1      (31-15, 14-4 C-USA)
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Pitchers: Tulsa - Creger, Aimee and Horner, Catherine. Houston - GROHOLSKI and OUTON,H.
Win-CREGER, Aimee(18-5)  Loss-GROHOLSKI(5-4)  T-1:55  A-612
Weather: 66, sunny, wispy