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No. 19 Softball Opens C-USA Championship Thursday

C-USA Player of the Year Jill Barrett and the Golden Hurricane open the C-USA Championship against Charlotte at 3 p.m. CT Thursday.
C-USA Player of the Year Jill Barrett and the Golden Hurricane open the C-USA Championship against Charlotte at 3 p.m. CT Thursday.
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May 7, 2014

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BOCA RATON, Fla. - The 19th-ranked and top-seeded Tulsa softball team opens the 2014 Conference USA Championship against eighth-seeded Charlotte at 3 p.m. CT Thursday at FAU Softball Stadium.

The Golden Hurricane, which is 47-7 overall, earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament by virtue of its 19-4 C-USA record and regular season championship, its fifth in nine years. The 49ers posted a 20-28 overall regular season record and finished 10-13 in C-USA play. TU has won 10 of its last 12 games overall, and has posted a 26-6 record this season in games at road or neutral sites.

The Last Meeting
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March 23, 2014
Collins Family Softball Complex
No. 17 Softball Completes Series Sweep of Charlotte
Senior Haley Henshaw drove in five runs and junior Julie Kernen and freshman Jill Roye each homered to lead No. 17 Tulsa to a 10-1 (5 inn.) Conference USA win over Charlotte Sunday afternoon at the Collins Family Softball Complex.


The Conference USA Championship Central page can be found on ConferenceUSA.com. Links for live video and live stats, as well the full tournament schedule and results can be found on the championship central page.

Tulsa is ranked No. 19 in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 polls released May 6.

TU and Charlotte met in Tulsa during the regular season, and the Hurricane swept the 49ers by scores of 7-0, 9-0 and 10-1, on March 22-23. Thursday's game will be the sixth meeting between the two teams. The first two contests in the series were played in 2002, as Tulsa claimed 2-0 and 3-2 neutral-site victories.

Tulsa hits .333 (492-for-1477) with 306 RBI, 337 runs, 76 doubles, 17 triples and 54 home runs, and has a .517 slugging percentage and a .413 on-base percentage with 185 walks. The Hurricane has a 1.58 team ERA with 411 strikeouts, 140 walks, 236 hits, 109 runs and 81 earned runs allowed, and has a .184 opponent batting average.

The Golden Hurricane is led in hitting by senior shortstop Jill Barrett, who has a .453 (87-for-192) batting average with 51 runs scored, seven doubles, 26 RBI, a .578 slugging percentage and a .498 OBP. Freshman third baseman Maggie Withee is hitting .346 (45-for-130) with 26 runs, 12 RBI, three doubles, three triples and a .384 OBP. Freshman DP Jill Roye hits .346 (36-for-104) with 15 runs, 32 RBI, a .558 slugging and a .438 OBP. Sophomore catcher Catherine Horner is hitting .339 (40-for-118) with 30 RBI, 20 runs, eight doubles, six homers, a .559 slugging and a .423 OBP. Senior center fielder Cierra Hughes hits .331 (46-for-139) with 34 runs, five doubles, three triples, five homers, 33 RBI, 29 walks, a .518 slugging percentage and a .444 OBP. Junior first baseman Julie Kernen is hitting .316 (42-for-133) with 39 RBI, 23 runs, 16 doubles, seven home runs, a .594 slugging and a .405 OBP. Junior catcher Erica Sampson hits .327 (52-for-159) with 35 RBI, 45 runs, eight doubles, 10 homers, 27 walks, a .566 slugging and a .455 OBP. Senior right fielder Haley Henshaw is hitting .326 (45-for-138) with 33 RBI, 27 runs, seven doubles, seven homers, a .558 slugging and a .400 OBP.

In the circle, senior Aimee Creger is 24-1 with a 1.34 ERA in 172.0 innings, and has allowed 80 hits, 38 runs and 33 earned runs, with 293 strikeouts and 85 walks. Junior Bailey Erwin is 13-3 with a 1.32 ERA in 101.0 innings with four saves, and is allowing 90 hits, 34 runs and 19 earned runs with 58 strikeouts and 18 walks. Sophomore Caitlin Sill is 10-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 86.2 innings, allowing 66 hits, 35 runs and 29 earned runs, with 60 strikeouts and 34 walks.

Tulsa is 12-7 all-time in C-USA Tournament games. The Golden Hurricane has won the event three times - in 2006, 2009 and 2012. TU was the top seed each time it won the tournament. The Hurricane has participated in all nine tournaments as a member of Conference USA

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