Softball Plays at FSU Unconquered Invitational
Feb. 14, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa softball team travels to Tallahassee, Fla., this weekend for the Unconquered Invitational hosted by No. 25/21 Florida State, where it will also face No. 21/25 Hofstra and Arkansas at Joanne Graf Field.
The Golden Hurricane (3-2) opens the tournament Friday when it plays Florida State (4-0) at 11:15 a.m. and Hofstra (0-0) at 3:30 p.m. TU then completes the round robin against Arkansas (7-0) at 9 a.m. Saturday. The teams will then move into bracket play Saturday afternoon and Sunday, with opponents and times to be determined.
After a good weekend at the Tiger Classic last week, Tulsa turns its attention to a second straight challenging field featuring two teams ranked among the top-25. The Golden Hurricane, which is receiving votes in both the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll and ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll, picked up wins against No. 22 North Carolina (3-1), Purdue (4-1) and Hampton (3-0), and fell to No. 10 LSU (1-0, 10 inn.) and Purdue (5-0) last week.
The Golden Hurricane was buoyed by strong pitching on the opening weekend, and features a 1.17 team ERA. Junior Aimee Creger (2-0) was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week after leading Tulsa to wins over North Carolina and Purdue. She allowed two earned runs in two complete-game outings and struck out 16 batters with just four walks and nine hits. Senior Lacey Middlebrooks (1-1) allowed no earned runs and just three hits in 16.0 innings.
The Hurricane bats were led by junior third baseman Jill Barrett, who hit .400 and scored three runs. Junior outfielder Haley Henshaw hit .357 and drove in four runs, while seniors shortstop Samantha Cobb and center fielder Caitlin Everett scored two runs apiece.
Florida State is ranked No. 25 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll and No. 21 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll. The Seminoles swept through the Panhandle Invitational in Tallahassee last weekend, beating Florida A&M, 4-0, North Florida, 3-1, Bethune Cookman, 20-0, and Jacksonville, 8-0. FSU hit .406 as a team and allowed zero earned runs in the tournament.
Hofstra, ranked No. 21 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll and No. 25 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll, is seeing its first action of the 2013 season this weekend. The Pride returns seven starters, including first-team All-American pitcher Olivia Galati, from a team that went 42-15 and advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament.
Arkansas is 7-0 after sweeping through the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah, defeating Colorado State, 5-4, Southern Utah, 3-2, Loyola Marymount, 8-3, Weber State, 10-2, and Utah, 5-1. The Razorbacks also took a doubleheader at Jackson State on Wednesday, 8-2, and 8-0. Arkansas has posted a 1.19 ERA and hits .341 as a team.
The Golden Hurricane is 10-11 all-time against Arkansas and 0-2 against Hofstra. TU and Florida State have never met on the softball field. Tulsa won both games against the Razorbacks in 2012, winning, 6-0, in Fayetteville, and 12-9, in Tulsa. TU and Hofstra last played in 2004, a 1-0 win by the Pride.
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