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April 11, 2013

TULSA, Okla. - The 17th-ranked Tulsa softball team takes on Conference USA rival UAB in a big three-game series Saturday and Sunday at the Collins Family Softball Complex.

Tulsa (31-9-1, 11-1 C-USA) and UAB (24-9, 11-1 C-USA) play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, and a single game at noon Sunday. The Golden Hurricane and Blazers are tied at the top of the C-USA standings with matching 11-1 records. Live stats and live video for all three games will be available at www.TulsaHurricane.com. The game will also be broadcast on 88.7 FM HD3.



The Last Meeting
May 6, 2012
Birmingham, Ala.
Junior Lacey Middlebrooks hit a three-run home run and pitched a one-hit shutout to lead Tulsa to the Conference USA championship with a 3-0 win at UAB Sunday at UAB Softball Field.

The Hurricane is ranked No. 17 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and No. 21 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 polls.

Tulsa hits .289 (328-for-1136) with 192 RBI, 212 runs, 51 doubles, 11 triples and 25 home runs, and has a .419 slugging percentage and a .366 on-base percentage with 124 walks. The Hurricane has a 1.86 team ERA with 281 strikeouts, 124 walks, 205 hits, 97 runs and 73 earned runs allowed, and has a .206 opponent batting average.

Tulsa is led in hitting by junior third baseman Jill Barrett, who hits .400 (56-for-140) with 34 runs scored, 24 RBI, a .514 slugging percentage and a .437 OBP. Senior center fielder Caitlin Everett hits .365 (54-for-148) with 37 runs, a .399 slugging percentage and a .401 OBP. Senior Lacey Middlebrooks hits .337 (35-for-104) with 16 runs, 24 RBI, six home runs, 11 doubles, a .615 slugging percentage and a .465 OBP. Junior Haley Henshaw hits .333 (38-for-114) with 31 RBI, two home runs, 14 runs, a .439 slugging percentage and a .377 on-base percentage. Senior shortstop Samantha Cobb hits .308 (41-for-133) with 37 RBI, 30 runs, seven homers, four triples, four doubles, a .556 slugging percentage and a .384 on-base percentage.

In the circle, junior Aimee Creger is 16-3 with a 1.00 ERA in 119.1 innings, and has allowed 79 hits, 21 runs and 17 earned runs, with 176 strikeouts and 40 walks. Middlebrooks is 13-3 with a 1.54 ERA in 113.1 innings, and has allowed 74 hits, 38 runs and 25 earned runs, with 81 strikeouts and 66 walks.

UAB hits .270 (229-for-848) and has scored 137 runs with 124 RBI, 22 doubles, seven triples and 28 home runs, a .412 slugging percentage and a .369 on-base percentage. The Blazers pitching staff carries a 2.03 ERA with nine shutouts and 280 strikeouts in 223.2 innings, allowing 152 hits, 89 runs, 65 earned runs, 79 walks and a .188 opponent batting average. Centerfielder Whitney Fletcher leads the team with a .360 batting average, 466 on-base percentage and 11 extra base hits, and has 23 RBI and a .616 slugging percentage. Catcher Anna Kimbrell leads the team with eight home runs, and a .629 slugging percentage, and has 18 RBI and a .243 batting average. DP/first baseman Kristen McGrath leads UAB with 25 RBI, and has seven homers and a .233 batting average.

Tulsa and UAB have played 25 times. Tulsa leads the series, 16-9. The Golden Hurricane has won two of three games in each of the last three series - 2010 and 2012 in Birmingham, and 2011 in Tulsa. TU also swept in Tulsa in 2009, and won both games played in Tulsa in 2007. The Hurricane is 7-2 all-time against the Blazers in Tulsa.

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