Huge Fourth Inning Results in Win for Tulsa

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:15 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Mar 4, 2011 9:2 PM CDT

Grant Belcher
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

TULSA, Okla. – The Golden Hurricane looked at home in its own tournament for the second straight day, knocking off the Iowa State Cyclones, 9-3.

Tulsa freshman pitcher Aimee Creger struck out 12 batters, allowed two earned runs and four hits in a complete game.

Sophomore shortstop Samantha Cobb had a monster game at the plate for the Golden Hurricane, racking up five RBIs, including a three-run homer in the fourth.

Tulsa coach John Bargfeldt said his team did a great job of overcoming windy and chilly conditions, which can affect a team negatively.

“It's tough for pitchers to get the right grip on the ball in these conditions, and I though Aimee did a really nice job of doing that,” he said. “It's tough to drive the ball in this type of weather, and we did a great job of that all the way through the lineup."

Iowa State got on the board first, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, but Tulsa responded with two of its own in the bottom of the inning to tie it up.

But the biggest part of the game for TU was the fourth inning, where it took advantage despite picking up two outs first.

With the bases loaded, Caitlin Everett started with a single to score Lacey Middlebrooks. Jill Barrett followed with another single, scoring two more runs to increase the lead.

Finally, Samantha Cobb blasted a three-run homer, giving Tulsa six runs in the inning despite having two outs throughout them.

"I was really pleased with the way we swung the bats in conditions that were tough to hit in," Bargfeldt said. "We needed it, because we didn't start off very tough defensively.”

Everett went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, and Barrett added two runs and two RBIs.

The Golden Hurricane will take on North Dakota State at 12:15 p.m. Saturday in Tulsa.