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Feb. 8, 2013

TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa softball team opens the 2013 season this weekend when it takes on LSU, North Carolina, Purdue and Hampton at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La.

The Golden Hurricane opens the Friday when it plays Hampton at 9 a.m. and North Carolina at 11:30 a.m. TU then plays Purdue at noon Saturday, followed by LSU at 5 p.m. Saturday, and closes the weekend against Purdue at 10 a.m. Sunday.

In the Tiger Classic, Tulsa, which finished last season with a 42-14 record and an NCAA Regional appearance, will face two teams that played in the NCAA Tournament, including North Carolina and Women's College World Series participant LSU.

The Hurricane is bolstered by 12 returning letterwinners and seven starters, including two pitchers. Senior catcher Cassidy Bowen, junior third baseman Jill Barrett, senior shortstop Samantha Cobb and senior center fielder Caitlin Everett anchor the defense. Senior Lacey Middlebrooks and junior Aimee Creger return in the circle. Juniors Shelby Blanton and Cierra Hughes also return as starters for TU, at first/second base and left field, respectively. In addition, sophomore Julie Kernen started 29 games at first base last year.

Junior Haley Henshaw and redshirt freshman Jodi Edmiston are expected to battle for outfield positions as well, and sophomore Amy Harrison returns at catcher. Freshmen catcher Catherine Horner, pitcher Caitlin Sill, pitcher/infielder Hayley Bottino and infielder Jocelyn Sheffield join the Golden Hurricane for 2013.



The host LSU lost nine players from its WCWS team, but return 12 letterwinners, five starters, two pitchers and welcome in seven newcomers for this season. The Tigers put up a 40-25 record and 15-13 SEC mark to finish second in the SEC West division.

North Carolina won the 2012 ACC regular season title finishing 43-14 overall and 13-4 in league play. The Tar Heels return 15 letterwinners, eight position starters, and all three pitchers from the squad that advanced to the finals of the Athens Regional last season.

Purdue returns eight starters and three pitchers from its 2012 team that finished 31-22 and 13-10 in the Big Ten. Hampton ended last season with a 25-33 record and 9-9 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and returns eight letterwinners, five starters and one pitcher.

For updates, news, scores and game information, follow Tulsa softball all season on Twitter (www.twitter.com/TulsaSoftball) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/TulsaSoftball).

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