March 20, 2011
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA softball teams were a solid 12-4 in nonconference games before the squads headed into the second weekend of league play. Both Tulsa and UAB continued their winning ways, sweeping their C-USA competition for the second week in a row.
Tulsa picked up its second sweep in C-USA action, downing UCF by a combined 18-4 score to move to a perfect 6-0 mark in league play. Pitcher Aimee Creger went the distance in the first win, a 5-1 victory, and received a pair of RBIs in support from both Samantha Cobb and Skylar Swanson. Cobb kept the momentum in the second game, chipping in with three RBIs to help the Golden Hurricane to the 6-1 win. Tulsa finished the sweep with a 7-3 win on Sunday with Creger, Swanson and Caitlin Everett each driving in two runs. The Golden Hurricane is currently riding an eight-game win streak.
UAB continued to roll through its league competition as the Blazers earned their second series sweep of the season, stealing a trio of games from Southern Miss. UAB started with a 3-1 win over the Golden Eagles, helped by Kayla Orr, whose two-run double in the sixth took the 1-0 lead away from Southern Miss for good. Catherine Douglass went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Blazers in game two while Kate Armstrong and Mandy Lowman posted a pair of RBIs in the 6-1 win. UAB completed the sweep with a 6-2 win in the final game as Armstrong and Natalie Mitchell chipped in with two RBIs apiece. The Blazers are off to a perfect 6-0 start in C-USA play for the first time in program history.
Senior standout Toni Paisley had a monumental week for East Carolina, tossing her fifth career no-hitter in the Pirates' 4-0 win over Charleston Southern before earning her 102nd and 103rd career wins with 10-1 and 3-2 victories over Marshall, respectively. The win total tops the East Carolina all-time charts. The Pirates took two of three from the Herd, with Kristi Oshiro and Abby Wynne each posting a pair of RBIs in the team's 10-1 series opener. In the 3-2 victory, Oshiro drove in the game-winning run with her eighth-inning RBI double to left center. Marshall took the series finale as Rebecca Gamby launched a three-run homer in the third, giving the Herd all it needed for the 3-1 win.
Houston took two of three from Memphis over the weekend, starting with a 7-1 win over the Tigers. Amanda Crabtree earned her 11th win of the season in the game, striking out a career-high 17 batters along the way. The Cougars continued to roll in the second game of the series taking the 8-0 victory. Brooke Lathan drove in a pair of Cougar runs with her two-run homer in the fifth en route to a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Memphis took the final game of the series with a 2-0 win.
Courtesy of a Sunday sweep, the Miners earned three wins over Marist as UTEP took an early break from league play. After dropping Friday's first contest by a 5-1 mark, the Miners responded with a 12-4 victory as junior Chelsea Troupe blasted a pair of home runs and pitcher Courtney Auger struck out 10 of the 20 batters she faced. In the first Saturday win, both Kia Moore and Becky Smith were a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs in UTEP's 11-2, five-inning win. The Miners kept the momentum in the second game of the day, outlasting Marist in a 9-8 win.
A complete list of the week's results is below:
Tue., March 15
UAB 4, Murray State 0
Murray State 2, UAB 0
Tulsa 5, Northern Illinois 1
East Carolina 4, Charleston Southern 0
East Carolina 3, Charleston Southern 0
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3, Houston 2
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8, Houston 6
Tulsa 3, Indiana 2
Wed., MARCH 16
Memphis 8, Mississippi Valley State 0 (5)
Memphis 2, Mississippi Valley State 0
Southern Miss 7, (25) LSU 0
UCF 4, Liberty 3
Fri., March 18
Marist 5, UTEP 1
UTEP 12, Marist 4
Sat., March 19
*EAST CAROLINA 10, Marshall 1 (6)
*East Carolina 3, Marshall 2 (8)
*Houston 7, Memphis 1
*Houston 8, Memphis 0 (5)
*UAB 3, Southern Miss 1
*UAB 6, Southern Miss 1
*Tulsa 5, UCF 1
*Tulsa 6, UCF 1
UTEP 11, Marist 2 (5)
UTEP 9, Marist 8
Sun., March 20
*Marshall 3, East Carolina 2
*Memphis 2, Houston 0
*Tulsa 7, UCF 3
*UAB 6, Southern Miss 2