Tulsa Softball Pair Earns All-American Honors

Wednesday, May 28th 2014, 9:44 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa seniors Jill Barrett and Aimee Creger were named to the 2014 NFCA Division I All-America Teams, adding another honor to the long lists of achievements over their standout careers. Barrett is a Second-Team All-America selection, while Creger appeared on the Third Team, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Wednesday.

Barrett is Tulsa's first NFCA second-team All-American, while Creger – a three-time third-team All-American – is the only player in school history to earn multiple All-America accolades. This is the first time two Golden Hurricane players have received All-America honors in the same season.

"Aimee and Jill are obviously two of the best players to ever come through the program, and they may be the best pitcher and best position player to come through here," Tulsa coach John Bargfeldt said. "Besides being great players, they were great off the field and in the classroom, as evidenced by Jill's Academic All-America honor. It's nice to see other people recognize the talents of these young women. They definitely deserve every accolade that they get."

Barrett, a shortstop from Greenwood, Ark., is a three-time first-team NFCA All-Region selection and the 2014 Conference USA Player of the Year. A three-time All-C-USA first team member, she is the NCAA active career leader in hits (322) and was nearly a .400 hitter for her career, posting a .399 batting average. She has totaled more hits in 2014 (101) than any other player in the country, and her .461 batting average ranks sixth in the nation. She set single season school records for batting average, hits, runs scored (59) and on-base percentage (.510).

Creger, a pitcher from Yukon, Okla., previously received third-team All-America honors in 2011 and 2013. She was the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year in both 2013 and 2014, and is a three-time member of the NFCA All-Region first team and the All-C-USA first team. She leads the NCAA in strikeouts (354), ranks second in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (11.5) and hits allowed per seven innings (3.29) and fourth in ERA (1.14). She posted a 29-2 record with 13 shutouts in 215.0 innings.

Barrett made the move to shortstop for her senior season after spending her first three years at third base, and committed just eight errors in 201 fielding chances. She totaled 33 multiple-hit games and seven multiple RBI games, and totaled 15 extra base hits and 30 RBI from the leadoff spot in the batting order. She was also recently named a first-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA, and was a three-time member of the C-USA All-Academic Team and twice selected to the Academic All-District teams.

In 2014, Creger set seven single season school records, including wins, strikeouts, shutouts, innings pitched, lowest opponent batting average (.138), strikeouts/7 inn., and strikeouts looking (115). She tossed seven no-hitters during her four-year career, including three no-hitters in 2014.

Both players were Top 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award this year. Creger will leave Tulsa with 10 career school records, including wins (97), ERA (1.40) strikeouts (1,080) and opponent batting average (.158). Barrett owns career records for batting average (.399), hits (322) and runs scored (183).