May 6, 2012
IRVING, Texas – Tulsa claimed the outright regular season Conference USA softball title and the No. 1 seed at next week’s C-USA Championship with a 3-0 win against UAB Sunday. UAB will be the No. 2 seed at the championship.
C-USA Championship Bracket
Tulsa’s Lacey Middlebrooks twirled a one-hitter and hit a three-run home run to lift the Golden Hurricane to the C-USA regular season title and the Championship’s top seed.
Marshall and UCF needed 10 innings to decide the third seed. Andi Williamson of Marshall and UCF’s Mackenzie Audas went pitch-for-pitch until the bottom of the 10th inning when the Thundering Herd’s Alysia Hively led off the inning with a walk-off home run.
Marshall’s three-game sweep of UCF earned it the No. 3 seed. UCF will be the No. 4 seed at the C-USA Championship, while Houston is the No. 5 seed. Marshall, UCF and Houston all finished 15-9 in conference games. The league’s first three-team tiebreaking criterion –winning percentage of conference games amongst tied teams -- was used to determine seeding for the Championship.
East Carolina, Memphis and Southern Miss will enter the C-USA Championship as the No. 6, 7 and 8 seeds, respectively.
C-USA Championship Seeds:
- East Carolina
- Southern Miss
Sunday, May 6
*at Memphis 5, East Carolina 3 (MEM: Jessica Phillips: 3-for-3, 3 RBI)
*at Houston 7, Southern Miss 1 (HOU: Haley Outon: 3-for-4, HR (20-school record), 2 RBI)
*at Marshall 1, UCF 0 (10) (MAR: Andi Williamson, CG, 6 Ks; Alysia Hively: 2-for-4, GW HR)
*Tulsa 3, at UAB 0 (TLS: Lacey Middlebrooks: CG, 1 hit; 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI)
Saturday, May 5
*at UAB 2, Tulsa 1 (UAB: Mandy Lowman: 2-for-3, 2 RBI)
*Tulsa 3, at UAB 0 (TLS: Aimee Creger, CG, 10 Ks; Samantha Cobb, 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI)
*at Marshall 5, UCF 0 (MAR: Andi Williamson, CG, 8 Ks)
*at Marshall 4, UCF 0 (MAR: Andi Williamson, CG, 5 Ks)
*East Carolina 5, at Memphis 4 (ECU: Suzanne Riggs: 3-for-3, 2 RBI)
*East Carolina 4, at Memphis 3 (8) (ECU: Kai Clark: 1-for-3, HR, 2 runs)
*at Houston 7, Southern Miss 5 (HOU: Haley Outon: 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBI)
*at Houston 4, Southern Miss 3 (HOU: Haley Outon: 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI)
Wednesday, May 2
at UTEP 11, New Mexico 8 (Chelsea Troupe: 2-for-4, GS HR, 5 RBI; Camilla Carrera: 1-for-2, HR (31), 3 runs)
New Mexico 14, at UTEP 7 (Troupe: 3-for-4; Carrera: 1-for-4, HR (32), 2 runs, 2 RBI)
Southeastern Louisiana at Southern Miss Canceled
**UTEP’s Camilla Carrera finishes the regular season with 32 home runs, the second-most in a single season in NCAA history (37, Laura Espinoza, Arizona, 1995). Her 1.199 slugging percentage also is the second-best single-season total in NCAA history (1.270, Jen Yee, Georgia Tech, 2010).
Tuesday, May 1
at UTEP 10, New Mexico 7 (Chelsea Troupe: 4-for-4, 2 runs; Camilla Carrera: 2-for-4, HR (30))
Houston 10, at UTSA 0 (5) (Sydney Gerbracht: 2-for-2, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI)
at UCF 4, Bethune-Cookman 0 (Mackenzie Audas: CG, no-hitter, 11 Ks; Natalie Land: 3-for-4, HR, 3 runs)