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Creger Tosses No-No, Sets Career Wins Record as TU Defeats UTEP, 8-0

Junior Aimee Creger pitched a no-hitter and set the Tulsa career wins record to lead the Golden Hurricane to an 8-0 (5 inn.) win at UTEP Sunday.
Junior Aimee Creger pitched a no-hitter and set the Tulsa career wins record to lead the Golden Hurricane to an 8-0 (5 inn.) win at UTEP Sunday.
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April 28, 2013

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EL PASO, Texas - Aimee Creger pitched a no-hitter and became Tulsa's all-time wins leader as the 25th-ranked Tulsa softball team completed the Conference USA weekend sweep with an 8-0 (5 inn.) victory at UTEP Sunday afternoon at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.

Creger (21-5) struck out five batters and allowed just two baserunners on a pair of walks for her first no-no of the season. The junior now has 64 career victories, eclipsing the previous record of 63 wins by Maren Genow from 2003-06.

The Golden Hurricane scored in each of the first four innings on seven hits and eight walks, and combined solid defense with Creger's pitching to improve to 37-13-1 overall and 16-5 in C-USA play. UTEP starter Cynthia Villastrigo (0-3) allowed four runs in 1.2 innings to absorb the loss for the Miners (12-33, 1-19 C-USA).

"We got a no-hitter and set a record today," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "Aimee did a lot of sitting - we had some long innings - but she did a good job of going out and throwing strikes. We continued our hot hitting that we've had all week."

Jill Barrett went 2-for-2 with two RBI and scored a run to complete an 8-for-10 weekend at the plate. Caitlin Everett and Shelby Blanton each added two RBI, while Samantha Cobb and Lacey Middlebrooks drove in one run each, and Haley Henshaw scored twice for the Hurricane.

Tulsa got on the board with a run in the first, three in the second and two runs in each of the third and fourth innings. Jill Barrett reached on a one-out single through the left side in the first inning and scored on Cobb's double to left center.

Middlebrooks drew a one-out walk in the second inning, followed by a two-out walk by Cassidy Bowen. Everett then doubled home Middlebrooks and Barrett singled up the middle to score Bowen and Everett, making the score 4-0.

Henshaw led off the third with a double to right center, Catherine Horner singled to the pitcher, and Middlebrooks reached on an error at second base, allowing Henshaw to score. Horner moved around to cross the plate on Everett's sacrifice fly to left field, to increase the lead to 6-0.

The Golden Hurricane added two more unearned runs in the fourth inning to take an 8-0 advantage. Julie Kernen led off with a walk and Henshaw reached on an error at second base. Blanton then ripped a two-out double through the left side, scoring both Kernen and Henshaw.

UTEP earned a walk in the second and fourth innings, but Creger combined the five strikeouts with six groundouts, three flyouts and a line out to keep the Miners off the bases and without any base hits.

Creger picked up her third win of the week, after earning an 11-1 victory over UTEP Saturday and an 8-2 win at Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

The Golden Hurricane, which went 5-2 on the two-week road swing, including five straight wins, returns home Wednesday to play host to Missouri State at 2 p.m. at the Collins Family Softball Complex.

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Tulsa 8, UTEP 0 (Apr 28, 2013 at El Paso, Texas)
Tulsa............... 132 20 -  8  7  0      (37-13-1, 16-5 C-USA)
UTEP................ 000 00 -  0  0  2      (12-33, 1-19 C-USA)
Pitchers: Tulsa - Creger, Aimee and Bowen, Cassidy. UTEP - VILLASTRIGO; PEARSON, D(2);
HOHMAN, C(4) and WALTS, K.
Win-CREGER, Aimee(21-5)  Loss-VILLASTRIGO(0-3)  T-1:45  A-305
Weather: 80 degrees clear & sunny