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May 16, 2013

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LINCOLN, Neb. - The 24th-ranked Tulsa softball team opens the 2013 NCAA Lincoln Regional against 14th-ranked Stanford at 4 p.m. Friday at Bowlin Stadium.

The Golden Hurricane (42-14-1, 19-5 C-USA) and Cardinal (37-19, 13-11 Pac-12) meet in the opening game of the four-team double elimination regional. Live stats and live video can be found at the Tulsa NCAA tournament central page http://www.tulsahurricane.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/tuls-w-softbl-ncaacentral.html. An interactive NCAA bracket, including live results for every game of the tournament can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/softball/d1/2012.



The Hurricane is ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25, while the Cardinal is ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 and No. 14 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 13 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll.

Tulsa hits .298 (467-for-1565) with 268 RBI, 293 runs, 79 doubles, 14 triples and 36 home runs, and has a .436 slugging percentage and a .377 on-base percentage with 178 walks. The Hurricane has a 1.80 team ERA with 400 strikeouts, 170 walks, 271 hits, 126 runs and 97 earned runs allowed, and has a .200 opponent batting average.

Tulsa is led in hitting by junior third baseman Jill Barrett, who hits .412 (80-for-194) with 41 runs scored, 31 RBI, a .510 slugging percentage and a .455 OBP. Senior shortstop Samantha Cobb hits .339 (62-for-183) with 45 RBI, 40 runs, eight homers, four triples, seven doubles, a .552 slugging percentage and a .419 on-base percentage. Junior Haley Henshaw hits .327 (53-for-162) with 44 RBI, five home runs, eight doubles, 28 runs, a .506 slugging percentage and a .375 on-base percentage. Senior center fielder Caitlin Everett hits .333 (68-for-204) with 43 runs, a .397 slugging percentage and a .372 OBP.

In the circle, junior Aimee Creger is 25-6 with a 1.04 ERA in 195.2 innings, and has allowed 118 hits, 34 runs and 29 earned runs, with 283 strikeouts and 68 walks. Middlebrooks is 14-3 with a 1.76 ERA in 123.0 innings, and has allowed 84 hits, 48 runs and 31 earned runs, with 87 strikeouts and 80 walks.

Stanford is hitting .302 (466-for-1543) as a team, with 316 runs scored, 282 RBI, 43 home runs, 63 doubles and 19 triples, with a .451 slugging percentage and a .390 on-base percentage. The pitching staff has a 2.70 ERA and has allowed 303 hits, 173 runs, 142 earned runs, 140 walks, 326 strikeouts and a .218 opponent batting average. The Cardinal features a .974 fielding percentage with 38 errors in 1,489 total chances.

The Cardinal is led in hitting by first baseman Kayla Bonstrom, who hits .414 (65-for-157) with 51 RBI, 34 runs scored, 11 doubles, eight home runs, a .650 slugging percentage and a .497 on-base percentage. Shortstop Jenna Rich leads the team with 43 runs scored, 12 home runs, 51 RBI, and has eight doubles, a .386 OBP, a .572 slugging percentage and a .306 (55-for-180) batting average.

The Stanford pitching staff is led by senior Teagan Gerhart, who is 19-11 with a 2.53 ERA in 42 appearances and 34 starts, allowing 165 hits, 85 runs, 71 earned runs, 58 walks and 138 strikeouts in 196.2 innings. Freshman Kelsey Stevens has started 21 games in 33 appearances, pitching 130.0 innings and posting a 15-7 record and 2.85 ERA. She has allowed 95 hits, 65 runs, 53 earned runs, 65 walks and 159 strikeouts.

Tulsa and Stanford have played twice. Stanford leads the series, 2-0. The teams last met in the 2006 Fresno Regional, as the 7th-ranked Cardinal defeated the Golden Hurricane, 8-0, in Tulsa's first-ever NCAA postseason game. Stanford also won, 3-1, in 2000. This will be the fifth time TU has faced a Pac-12 opponent in the NCAA postseason. The Hurricane also split with Oregon State - winning 9-7 and falling 2-1 - in 2012, and fell 1-0 to Oregon in 2008.

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