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March 5, 2013

TULSA, Okla. - The 21st-ranked Tulsa softball team plays its first home game of the 2013 season Wednesday against in-state rival Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. at the Collins Family Softball Complex.

The game time was moved up one hour from the originally scheduled 5 p.m. start.

The Golden Hurricane is 15-5 on the season and ranked No. 21 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll and No. 22 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll. The Cowgirls enter the game with a 7-11 record this season.

The Last Meeting
Oklahoma State8
April 18, 2012
Stillwater, Okla.
Softball Falls at OSU, 8-3
Oklahoma State scored five runs in the sixth inning to defeat Tulsa, 8-3, Wednesday evening at Cowgirl Stadium.

Tulsa hits .274 (150-for-547) with 75 RBI, 83 runs, 22 doubles, six triples and 10 home runs, and has a .391 slugging percentage and a .342 on-base percentage with 49 walks. The Hurricane has a 2.06 team ERA with 138 strikeouts, 58 walks, 102 hits, 51 runs and 40 earned runs allowed, and has a .208 opponent batting average.


Tulsa is led in hitting by junior third baseman Jill Barrett, who hits .403 (27-for-67) with 11 runs scored, 11 RBI, a .522 slugging percentage and a .431 OBP. Senior center fielder Caitlin Everett hits .356 (26-for-73) with 14 runs, a .397 slugging percentage and a .365 OBP. Senior Lacey Middlebrooks hits .354 (17-for-48) with eight runs, 10 RBI, three home runs, five doubles, a .646 slugging percentage and a .466 OBP. Junior Haley Henshaw hits .333 (21-for-63) with 17 RBI, two home runs, eight runs, a .492 slugging percentage and a .373 on-base percentage. Senior shortstop Samantha Cobb hits .258 (16-for-62) with 10 RBI, 12 runs, three homers, two triples, one double, a .484 slugging percentage and a .338 on-base percentage.

In the circle, Middlebrooks is 5-2 with a 1.01 ERA in 55.1 innings, and has allowed 34 hits, 13 runs and eight earned runs, with 40 strikeouts and 26 walks. Junior Aimee Creger is 9-1 with a 1.04 ERA in 60.1 innings, and has allowed 38 hits, 12 runs and nine earned runs, with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks.

Oklahoma State hits .222 as a team (104-for-468) with 44 runs scored, 39 RBI, 16 doubles and six home runs, a .295 slugging percentage and a .312 on-base percentage. The Cowgirls pitchers have a 2.11 ERA with 131 strikeouts, 38 walks, 97 hits, 51 runs and 38 earned runs allowed, and a .205 opponent batting average.

This will be the 37th meeting between Tulsa and Oklahoma State. OSU leads the series, 26-10. The Cowgirls have won four in a row in the series, including a 7-4 win in Tulsa last season, and an 8-3 win in Stillwater. The Golden Hurricane last defeated OSU, 6-2, in 2010 in Stillwater.

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