Horner's RBI Single in Sixth Inning gave No. 15 Tulsa a 1-0 Win over Host OSU
April 23, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. - Catherine Horner's RBI single in the sixth inning and Aimee Creger's three-hit shutout gave No. 15 University of Tulsa (42-5) a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State (24-21) at Cowgirl Stadium on Wednesday night.
First baseman Julie Kernen hit a double to left center with one out and Emma Horton pinch ran for Kernen. After a flyout to left field, Horner delivered with a base hit to center field to drive home Horton.
The run scored for the Golden Hurricane tied a single-season school record with 296 runs scored that was set last season.
Kernen led the Golden Hurricane with a 2-for-3 performance, while Aimee Creger (22-1) went the distance pitching 7.0 innings with two hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts for her 17th double-digit strikeout performance on the season. Creger has recorded 995 career strikeouts and needs five more for her 1,000th career strikeout.
Both teams had opportunities to push across a run in the first couple of innings. Shortstop Jill Barrett led off the game with a four-pitch walk and was followed by a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Shelby Blanton to move Barrett to second with one out.
OSU's pitcher Simone Freeman (19-12) got the next two Golden Hurricane batters to strikeout to end TU's threat in the top of the first inning.
Tulsa had another opportunity in the top of the second inning. After a groundout, the Golden Hurricane had back-to-back walks, but a line out and a groundout ended the threat for the Hurricane.
Oklahoma State had an opportunity to take an early lead in the bottom of the second inning as the Cowgirls lead off with a walk, followed by a pop up and a bunt single and an error by third baseman Maggie Withee, allowed runners on second and third with one out.
Creger got the next two batters to strikeout to end the inning and OSU's threat keeping the game scoreless.
Kernen led off the top of the fourth inning with a single to left field and after a fielder's choice, Horner walked for the second time in the game to set up runners on first and second with one out. The next two Golden Hurricane batters struck out to end the threat.
Leading off the bottom of the seventh inning, OSU Tarah Ettinger hit a deep fly ball that was caught by center fielder Cierra Hughes as she hit the outfield wall.
Freeman pitched a complete game giving up five hits and gave up one run with 10 strikeouts, while Shianne Hughes led OSU with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.
The Golden Hurricane returns home for its final conference series against Middle Tennessee with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and a final game on Sunday for Senior Day at noon at the Collins Softball Complex.
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Tulsa 1, Oklahoma State 0 (Apr 23, 2014 at Stillwater, Okla.)
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