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April 19, 2013

TULSA, Okla. - The 22nd-ranked Tulsa softball team travels to Houston to take on the Cougars in a three-game Conference USA set Saturday and Sunday at Cougar Softball Field.

The Golden Hurricane (32-11-1, 12-3 C-USA) and Cougars (29-14, 12-2 C-USA) play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, and a single game at noon Sunday. The Hurricane and Cougars are tied for second place in the C-USA standings with matching 12-3 records. Live stats and live video for all three games will be available at www.TulsaHurricane.com. The Hurricane is ranked No. 22 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and No. 23 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 polls.

The Last Meeting
May 11, 2012
Birmingham, Ala.
Softball Advances to C-USA Finals with 4-3 Win over Houston
Jessica Stoelke's RBI ground out in the top of the seventh to lead Tulsa past Houston, 4-3, in the semifinals of the 2012 Conference USA Championship Friday afternoon at UAB Softball Field.

Tulsa hits .286 (347-for-1212) with 202 RBI, 223 runs, 54 doubles, 11 triples and 28 home runs, and has a .418 slugging percentage and a .363 on-base percentage with 129 walks. The Hurricane has a 1.94 team ERA with 310 strikeouts, 133 walks, 225 hits, 108 runs and 82 earned runs allowed, and has a .210 opponent batting average.

Tulsa is led in hitting by junior third baseman Jill Barrett, who hits .380 (57-for-150) with 34 runs scored, 24 RBI, a .487 slugging percentage and a .416 OBP. Senior center fielder Caitlin Everett hits .346 (55-for-159) with 38 runs, a .377 slugging percentage and a .381 OBP. Senior Lacey Middlebrooks hits .333 (37-for-111) with 18 runs, 24 RBI, six home runs, 11 doubles, 24 walks, a .595 slugging percentage and a .468 OBP. Junior Haley Henshaw hits .328 (40-for-122) with 33 RBI, three home runs, 15 runs, a .451 slugging percentage and a .369 on-base percentage. Senior shortstop Samantha Cobb hits .310 (44-for-142) with 39 RBI, 31 runs, seven homers, four triples, five doubles, a .549 slugging percentage and a .388 on-base percentage.



In the circle, junior Aimee Creger is 17-4 with a 0.95 ERA in 133.1 innings, and has allowed 87 hits, 23 runs and 18 earned runs, with 198 strikeouts and 43 walks. Middlebrooks is 13-3 with a 1.68 ERA in 117.0 innings, and has allowed 79 hits, 42 runs and 28 earned runs, with 85 strikeouts and 71 walks.

Houston hits .297 (322-for-1086) with 234 runs, 205 RBI, 65 doubles, five triples, 30 home runs, a .448 slugging percentage and a .411 on-base percentage with 167 walks. The Cougars pitchers carry a 2.86 ERA with 184 strikeouts and have allowed 284 hits, 153 runs, 114 earned runs, 133 walks and a .255 opponent batting average.

Tulsa and Houston have played 21 times. Houston leads the series, 11-10. Tulsa won two of three games in the series last season in Tulsa, and won, 4-3, in the C-USA Tournament in Birmingham. Houston won two of three at UH in 2011. The teams each won the two games played at their respective home fields in 2009 and 2010. TU is 1-8 all-time against the Cougars in Houston.

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