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TU LANDS SIX ON NFCA ALL-MIDEAST REGION TEAMS

Seniors Jill Barrett (pictured) and Aimee Creger earned first-team NFCA all-region honors for the third time in their careers.
Seniors Jill Barrett (pictured) and Aimee Creger earned first-team NFCA all-region honors for the third time in their careers.
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May 15, 2014

WACO, Texas - Tulsa seniors Jill Barrett, Aimee Creger, Haley Henshaw and Cierra Hughes, along with junior Erica Sampson and sophomore Catherine Horner were selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Mideast Region Teams, the organization announced Thursday.

Barrett, Creger and Horner were First Team All-Mideast Region selections, Hughes was a second team selection, and Henshaw and Sampson received third team honors. This is the third all-region honor for Barrett and Creger, and the first all-region honor for Horner, Hughes, Henshaw and Sampson.

The six players selected to the all-region teams are the most in Tulsa history. The Hurricane also placed three on the all-region first team for the first time. Prior to this season, three TU players earned all-region honors in 2012 and 2013, including two on the first team each year.

Barrett is a shortstop from Greenwood, Ark., who ranks 10th in the nation with a .453 batting average. She has recorded a nation-best 91 hits this season, along with 55 runs, 29 RBI, 14 extra base hits, a .572 slugging percentage and a .498 on-base percentage. She has recorded 29 multiple-hit games, and is the only active NCAA player with 300 career hits. She was a first-team All-Midwest Region selection in 2012 and 2013.

Creger, a native of Yukon, Okla., ranks leads the NCAA with 326 strikeouts and 11.9 strikeouts per seven innings. She boasts a 27-1 record, and has tossed 12 shutouts in 31 starts, allowing a .134 opponent batting average in 191.0 innings this season. She also threw three no-hitters this year. She was a first-team All-Midwest Region selection in 2011 and 2013.

 

 

Horner is a catcher from La Canada, Calif. She has hit .341 with 31 RBI, 20 runs, six home runs and eight doubles. She has posted a .548 slugging percentage and a .426 on-base percentage. She has nine multiple-hit games and seven multiple RBI games this season.

Hughes is a native of Midwest City, Okla., The center fielder is having her best collegiate season, producing career-high numbers across her stat line. She is batting .336 with 49 hits, 34 RBI, 36 runs scored, five home runs, four triples and five doubles. She has also produced 77 total bases, 31 walks, a .527 slugging percentage and a .449 on-base percentage with a team-high eight stolen bases. She has produced 15 multiple-hit games and seven multiple RBI games this year.

Henshaw is a right fielder from Catoosa, Okla. She has hit .306 with seven home runs, seven doubles, two triples, 33 RBI and scored 27 runs. She has also produced a .524 slugging percentage and a .378 on-base percentage. She leads the team with 11 multiple RBI games.

Sampson was an all-region selection as a DP/utility player. The Tahlequah, Okla., native has played as a left fielder, catcher and designated player, starting in all 57 games this year. In her first season at Tulsa after transferring from Oklahoma, Sampson has compiled a team-high 11 home runs and is tied for the lead with 40 RBI. She has also scored 47 runs and tallied 10 doubles and 27 walks, hitting .324 with a .576 slugging percentage and a .445 on-base percentage. She has produced 11 multiple-hit games and 10 multiple RBI games this season.

The 18th-ranked Golden Hurricane (50-7) opens the NCAA Waco Regional against Houston (32-21) at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Getterman Stadium.

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