Northern Iowa ends Tulsa’s season
LINCOLN, Neb. – Tulsa fell to Northern Iowa 2-1 Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Lincoln Regional at Bowlin Stadium.
The Golden Hurricane closes the 2013 season with a 42-16-1 record. Senior Lacey Middlebrooks (14-4) pitched a complete-game, while junior third baseman Jill Barrett singled twice and scored TU’s only run.
“It’s a tough loss to swallow,” Tulsa coach John Bargfeldt said. “Our players had a lot of energy today. I felt there was a break that didn’t go our way – a softly hit ball to the shortstop that produced their first run.
We made some good pitches in that situation. Sometimes you just can’t dictate how the ball is going to bounce.”
The Golden Hurricane totaled six hits and earned four walks in the game. Barrett scored her run after leading off the top of the fourth with a bunt single. She was followed by a base hit from first baseman Julie Kernen, and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. After Haley Henshaw walked, Catherine Horner dropped a single into left field near the foul line, scoring Barrett and tying the game at 1-1.
UNI starter Jamie Fisher (22-14) struck out 12 batters in a complete-game win for the Panthers (27-25).
Northern Iowa got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Shortstop Caitlin Wnek, center fielder Micalla Rettinger and first baseman Gina Brown hit consecutive singles. Wnek scored on Brown’s slow-bouncing base hit to short.
The Panthers took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth when Wnek drew a base on balls to score left fielder Samantha Olson, who was hit by a pitch.