TU Softball Advances To C-USA Semifinals
Aimee Creger struck out 12 batters and Jill Barrett hit a two-run home run to lead the 23rd-ranked Tulsa softball team to a 3-0 win over UCF in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Conference USA Championship Thursday afternoon at the Collins Family Softball Complex.Aimee Creger (25-5) allowed just one hit and earned her school-record 25th win of the season for the Golden Hurricane (42-13-1). Mackenzie Audas (14-17) took the loss for the Knights (29-25).Barrett hit her second homer of the season, and Haley Henshaw drove home the third TU run with a triple. Barrett went 2-for-3 in the game to break the TU season hits record, increasing her total to 80 hits.Tulsa advances to the semifinal round where it will face Houston at 2 p.m. Friday."Whenever you go into the first game of a tournament like this, everybody is a little bit anxious, but I thought we came out and put some nice swings on the ball,' Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "For a team that only ended up with six hits, I thought we made a lot better contact than that. Aimee threw a great game. When you have a pitcher that keeps going out there and throwing zeroes, it relaxes you a little bit. I thought it was important to get on the scoreboard first."Caitlin Everett hit a one-out single in the bottom of the third, and Barrett followed with a shot off the locker room facility beyond the right field fence to put the first runs on the board. Samantha Cobb drew a walk, and two batters later, Henshaw flew a triple off the top of the fence in right to give TU a 3-0 lead.Creger was dominant from the start, allowing just a pair of walks and a liner by Kahley Novak that fell in for a single. She struck out two batters in five of the innings.Henshaw's triple was Tulsa's 14th of the season, matching the school record. TU teams tripled 14 times in three previous seasons - 1996, 2002 and 2012.