Softball Season-In-Review: A Record-Setting 2014
June 17, 2014
Tulsa Head Softball Coach John Bargfeldt sat down to talk about his team's record-setting 2014 season. Watch the video interview, and read through a list below of all of the team and individual accomplishments from the year.
Tulsa set team single season records for wins (53) and fewest losses (9).
TU was one of only eight schools to post 50 wins and one of only five teams with single digit losses (only four schools did both).
Tulsa ended the season with its highest position in the final national polls. TU was ranked No. 18
in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 and No. 19 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25
The Golden Hurricane won the Conference USA regular season and tournament championships. It was the fifth regular season title and fourth C-USA Tournament title in nine years for the Hurricane. TU won the 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 regular season titles and the 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014 tournament championships.
Tulsa made its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. All seven appearances have come since 2006.
The Golden Hurricane played in its fourth straight NCAA Regional. TU has played in the 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 NCAA Tournaments.
The Tulsa seniors are the only group of players in program history to play in four NCAA Tournaments. The senior class compiled 183 wins and a .775 winning percentage (183-154-1) in four years. That is a higher total of wins and winning percentage than any other group of players has totaled in its time at TU.
Seniors Jill Barrett and Aimee Creger earned All-America honors. Barrett became Tulsa's first second-team All-American, while Creger is a three-time third-team All-American, and the only TU player to ever earn multiple All-America accolades.
Barrett was a first-team Capital One Academic All-America. She is Tulsa's second first-team Academic All-American, joining Sara Dyer (2005-08), who earned the honors in 2007 and 2008.
Jill Barrett, Aimee Creger, Haley Henshaw, Cierra Hughes, Erica Sampson and Catherine Horner all earned NFCA All-Mideast Region honors. 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. The six players selected to the all-region teams are the most in Tulsa history, as were the three first-team selections.
Barrett and Creger earned all-region honors for the third time, while Horner, Hughes, Henshaw and Sampson all received their first all-region accolades.
Jill Barrett was named Conference USA Player of the Year, Aimee Creger was named C-USA Pitcher of the Year, and Head Coach John Bargfeldt was named C-USA Coach of the Year. It was the second C-USA Pitcher of the Year honor for Creger (2013 and 2014) and the third Coach of the Year honor for Bargfeldt (2011, 2012 and 2014).
Tulsa placed four players on the All-C-USA first team, and totaled six all-conference honors.
Barrett and Creger were joined on the All-C-USA first team by Haley Henshaw and Julie Kernen. Freshman Jill Roye was selected to the All-C-USA second team, while Roye and Maggie Withee were named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.
Tulsa placed a league-high - and matched a program-best - with four players on the All- Conference USA First Team.
Tulsa set single season pitching records for: most strikeouts (479), lowest opponent batting average (.183), most strikeouts/7 inn. (8.04), fewest hits allowed (271), most strikeouts looking (149).
Tulsa also finished second in fewest runs allowed (122) and third in fewest earned runs allowed (91), TU tied for second in most shutouts (21) and finished third in most innings pitched (417.0).
Six TU players hit .300 or better.
Ten players finished with double digit RBI, including nine with more than 20 RBI, seven with 30 or more RBI, and two with more than 40 RBI.
Twelve players scored double digit runs, including nine with more than 20 runs scored, four with more than 30 runs, four with more than 40 RBI and two with more than 50 RBI.
TU pitchers allowed four or fewer hits in 34 of 62 games.
Tulsa also turned its first triple play in program history in 2014.
Creger's 1.14 ERA ranks fourth on the single season chart.
Jill Barrett set single season school records for batting average (.461), on-base percentage (.510), hits (101), runs scored (59) and at bats (219).
Barrett's 127 total bases ranks second, while her four intentional walks ties for second on the single season chart.
Erica Sampson finished third in runs scored (51), fifth in home runs (13), tied for eighth in RBI (45), ninth in slugging percentage (.590), 10th in on-base percentage (.444), and tied for ninth in total bases (111).
Sampson set the school record for most time hit by pitch (14).
Shelby Blanton finished fifth in runs scored (48), tied for second in triples (5), sixth in at bats (202).
Cierra Hughes tied for second in triples (5) and seventh in walks (32).
Julie Kernen finished fifth in doubles (17), tied for fourth in sacrifice flies (4), and tied for seventh in most times hit by pitch (7).
Barrett, Blanton and Sampson all tied for ninth most games started (62). The school season record is 64 games started.
Before 2014, only one player had scored 50 runs in a season (Caitlin Everett, 55, 2012). Two - Barrett and Sampson - did it this year. Only five players had ever scored 45 runs in a season before 2014. Three - Barrett, Sampson and Blanton - scored 48 runs this season.
Before 2014, only two players had ever hit five triples in one season (Everett, 6, 2012; Kameron White, 5, 1994). Three players - Barrett, Blanton and Cierra Hughes - hit five triples this season.
Head Coach John Bargfeldt recorded his 300th and 350th wins in 2014. His career coaching record now stands at 352-169-1 (.675) after nine seasons.
Jill Barrett owns career records for batting average (.399), hits (322), runs scored (183) and at bats (808). She ranks second in on-base percentage (.448) and triples (9), tied for third in games played and games started (238), as well as total bases (397) and intentional walks (4), sixth in RBI (111) and walks (74), and seventh in slugging percentage (.491).
Shelby Blanton ranks eighth in runs scored (106), is tied for third in triples (8), and is tied for fourth in most times hit by pitch (14).
Cierra Hughes ranks ninth in batting average (.311), tied for eighth in triples (6), 10th in stolen bases (19).
Haley Henshaw ranks tied for 10th in home runs (14).
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