Softball Takes Doubleheader from UTEP
April 28, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa softball team defeated UTEP in both games of its Conference USA doubleheader, by scores of 4-2 and 12-4, Saturday afternoon at the Collins Family Softball Complex.
In game one, second baseman Skylar Swanson drove in two runs and center fielder Caitlin Everett scored twice to lead Tulsa to the 4-2 win. Lacey Middlebrooks (16-4) earned the complete-game win for the Golden Hurricane (35-11, 16-4 C-USA).
In game two, Tulsa scored seven runs in the fifth inning to pull away from a 5-4 lead and close out the contest with a 12-4 run-rule victory. Aimee Creger (16-5) struck out nine batters in 5.0 innings to earn the complete-game win. UTEP starter Cynthia Villastrigo (6-13) allowed eight runs in 4.1 innings and took the loss for the Miners (14-35, 3-20 C-USA).
The series finale is at 1 p.m. Sunday. TU will formally dedicate the Collins Family Softball Complex in a pregame ceremony on the field. The Hurricane will also honor its two seniors - Jessica Stoelke and Skylar Swanson - following the game. Live stats and live video will be available at www.TulsaHurricane.com. Admission will be free to all fans.
"They can be a dangerous team, and you have to be able to go out and take care of business, and that's what we did," Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. "I felt like, with the pitchers walking so many hitters, sometimes your hitters can get a little passive because so many were being walked. It was good to see us end the second game the way we did. That looked a little bit more like what we want to do (with better plans at the plate), and that started with Arkansas (Wednesday). Lacey pitched a really gutsy game in the first game. We kept it close enough, where, with the wind blowing out, the wrong thing can happen, and she did a great job of not letting that happen."
Middlebrooks, who was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in game two, hit a two-bagger with two out and the bases loaded to drive in two runs and put the Hurricane ahead by eight runs, ending the game. TU sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, totaling four hits and five walks.
Middlebrooks got the rally started with a one-out line drive base hit to center. First baseman Julie Kernen, right fielder Jessica Stoelke and catcher Cassidy Bowen all drew walks, the third of which scored pinch runner Emma Horton, who came in for Middlebrooks.
Left fielder Shelby Blanton reached on a fielder's choice, putting two outs on the board, and Everett sped down the line to beat out a ground ball to second, scoring Stoelke. Third baseman Jill Barrett then walked to plate Bowen. Barrett did not record an official at-bat in the game, but tallied three RBI on three walks and a sacrifice fly.
Shortstop Samantha Cobb then lined a single to left field, scoring Blanton, and Swanson walked home Everett. Middlebrooks then drilled a liner off the glove of the third baseman that ricocheted into the tarp down the left field line for a ground-rule double to score the final two runs of the game.
UTEP started the second game as it did the first - with a first inning solo home run. Catcher Chelsea Troupe homered to left center with one out to give the Miners a 1-0 lead. Following a similar script, Tulsa responded with a run of its own in the home half of the first to tie the score. Everett led off with a base hit up the middle, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Barrett's sacrifice fly to left center.
The Golden Hurricane added two more runs in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Middlebrooks doubled off the top of the left field fence to start the inning. Bowen, Blanton, Everett and Barrett drew consecutive two-out walks, scoring Middlebrooks and Bowen.
The Miners tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the third, loading the bases with two walks and a hit batter, and scoring on two wild pitches.
TU again answered to take a two-run advantage in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Kernen singled to left, and Stoelke and Bowen hit back-to-back RBI doubles to left center, plating the two runs.
After a scoreless fourth inning, UTEP cut the lead to one run in the fifth when Troupe hit her second home run of the game, this time to left center.
Everett scored four times Saturday to break the TU single season runs record. She has now scored 52 runs this season, surpassing the previous record of 49 runs scored, set by Lauren Lindsay (2007-10) in 2009.
Tulsa 4, UTEP 2
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Tulsa 12, UTEP 4 (Apr 28, 2012 at Tulsa, Okla.) (Game 2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- UTEP................ 102 01 - 4 3 0 (14-35, 3-20) Tulsa............... 122 07 - 12 9 0 (35-11, 16-4) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pitchers: UTEP - VILLASTRIGO, Cynthia; KRIENITZ, Joanna(5) and TROUPE, Chelsea; WALTS, Kayleigh . Tulsa - Creger, Aimee and Bowen, Cassidy. Win-CREGER, Aimee(16-5) Loss-VILLASTRIGO, Cynthia(6-13) T-1:41 A-345 HR UTEP - TROUPE, Chelsea 2 (18). Weather: 76 Ptly Cloudy, Wind S @ 14mph