TAHLEQUAH EX LEADS TU TO WIN – A three-run home run by Tahlequah grad Erica Sampson was all the offense that the University of Tulsa softball team needed as Aimee Creger set a school-record with her 26th career shutout for a 3-0 win over Louisville in the Golden Hurricane’s first game of the day at the FAU Kick-off Classic on Saturday at FAU Stadium.
The game was scoreless for the first two innings, but the Golden Hurricane (3-1) scored the only runs in the game in the bottom of the third. Second baseman Shelby Blanton and shortstop Jill Barrett each reach on base with a walk before Sampson’s first home run as a Golden Hurricane. Sampson added another hit to go 2-for-3 at the plate against the Cardinals (2-2).
In the second game of the day, Florida Atlantic scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Golden Hurricane 1-0, and handing Tulsa its first loss of the season. The international tiebreaker was used after the two schools were scoreless after seven innings.
HARDING 6, NSU 4 – The Northeastern State softball team opened the 2014 campaign with a loss to Harding Saturday afternoon at the Tarleton State University Softball Complex.
The RiverHawks were outhit 13-8 and struck out 10 times on the day in the season opener.
Sophomore Kayce Wooldridge threw a complete game and allowed all six runs on 13 hits. She struck out five and walked just one.
OU GETS ON WINNING TRACK – The defending national champion Oklahoma softball team notched its first two wins of the season in run-rule fashion, beating Santa Clara 10-1 and Loyola Marymount 11-1
Against Santa Clara, OU trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third, Oklahoma broke the game wide open with a nine-run inning, highlighted by a solo home run from Georgia Casey and a three-run homer from Shelby Pendley.
Game two saw the Sooners put up three runs in the first inning, one in the third and put the game away in the fourth with seven runs. Pendley and Lauren chamberlain both went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
OSU FALLS TWICE – The Cowgirls saw their record drop to 2-2 on the year with two losses at the LSU Softball Classic in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday. OSU lost to Murray State 10-6 in the first game of the day 10-6 and were shut out by LSU 1-0 in Game 2.
Whitney Whitehorn (0-1) suffered the loss against Murray State while Simone Freeman (2-1) took the loss in game 2.
Hilldale grad Danielle Riddle was 1-for-4 against Murray State with one RBI.
ARKANSAS SPLITS IN LAS VEGAS – The University of Arkansas softball team split a pair of games Saturday at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The Razorbacks began the day with a 10-1 win over San Diego before losing a 6-1 contest to No. 5/3 Washington.
In the first game, the Razorbacks launched three home runs including a grand slam by freshman Parker Pocklington, in the win over San Diego in five innings. Fellow freshman Sydney Wright struck out three Torero hitters and picked up the first win of her collegiate start. The Razorbacks also picked up home runs from Claire Clark and Kasey Fagan.
The game against Washington saw the Razorback fall behind early after a three-run home run by Washington’s Kylee Lahners in the first but the team responded with a run of their own in the second in an error-filled inning by the Huskies. The Razorbacks loaded the bases in the second, third and fourth but struggled throughout the game to come up with the key hit.