Tulsa Softball Blanks Central Arkansas
TULSA, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa softball team shutout the Central Arkansas Bears 1-0 Tuesday night thanks to a big pitching performance from Aimee Creger.
The sophomore from Yukon held a no hitter through the seventh inning while striking out seven on the night and only allowing one hit.
"There have been a lot of times this year that the hitting has saved us, and tonight we needed an excellent pitching performance because there just weren't too many hits out there being strung together," said Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt in a press release after the game.
It was a defensive battle for both teams as they combined for only six hits on the night.
Tulsa scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Jessica Stoelke smacked a triple to right center. Shelby Blanton followed with a single up the middle to score Stoelke and take the 1-0 lead that would stand the rest of the evening.
The Bears went three-up, three-down in five different innings with its only hit coming late in the game.
With one on and one out in the top of the seventh, Central Arkansas' Mela Bryant managed a single through the left side that broke up Creger's no-hitter. Two batters later, Creger caught the last batter swinging to secure the one-hit shutout.
"It was a good performance for Aimee, and she needed that," said Bargfeldt. "It was good that she maintained her focus during the whole game and she kept the ball out of the middle of the plate. That was important. They didn't hit too many balls hard."
Third baseman Jill Barrett, shortstop Samantha Cobb and right fielder Cierra Hughes also singled for the Golden Hurricane, which totaled five hits.
TU has now one three-straight games and moves to 30-9 on the season.
The Hurricane returns to the field Wednesday night in Stillwater to take on the Cowgirls at 7 p.m.