Cobb had two hits and an RBI, Creger and Kinard combine for five scoreless innings
TULSA, Okla. – The NPF Back to School Tour passed through Tulsa Sunday for the finale of the TU softball fall season, and the Golden Hurricane tallied four hits, but fell, 3-1, to the National Pro Faspitch All Stars at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex.
The Golden Hurricane took the lead with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the NPF All Stars answered with three runs in the top of the seventh to pull out the win.
“What strikes me is how well we competed,” Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt said. “We got to face some of the best pitchers in the world. I thought the girls did a great job of competing, both on offense and on defense. And I can’t say enough about our pitchers. Our pitchers went out there, and they had to be a little bit nervous, but they still competed and we were right in it with them. That’s what I take from this game.”
TU freshman Jill Barrett doubled to left center field with two out in the sixth inning, and scored when sophomore Samantha Cobb hit a flare down the left field line. On contact, Barrett ran hard all the way from second and never slowed down on her way to home plate, beating the throw by about two feet.
In the top of the seventh, NPF pitcher Jamee Juarez hit a one-out single to deep short, and second baseman Amber Flores followed with a two-run home run to center field, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Shortstop Lauren Lappin reached first when she was hit by a pitch, and then moved around the bases on a wild pitch and a ground out. First baseman Samantha Ricketts drove Lappin home with a hard line-drive base hit into center field, giving the NPF team a, 3-1, lead.
Junior Jessica Stoelke singled deep in the hole at first base with one out in the home half of the seventh inning. She advanced to second on a throwing error by Flores on the play, and it appeared as though Tulsa had a chance for a dramatic comeback.
The game ended, however, on an odd twist of the strikeout-throw-out double play. TU catcher Cassidy Bowen ran to first base on the dropped third strike, but was thrown out and Ricketts caught Stoelke trying to advance to third base.
Hurricane freshman Aimee Creger pitched 3.0 hitless innings, striking out three batters and allowing only one walk. Senior Jordan Kinard threw 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing three hits. Sophomore transfer Lacey Middlebrooks tossed 2.0 innings, allowing three runs on five hits.
Flores and Ricketts each finished with two hits, while pitcher Danielle Lawrie, left fielder Francesca Enea, catcher Megan Willis, and Juarez each had one hit.
Lawrie pitched 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, and striking out three batters with a walk. Juarez threw 3.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out seven batters.
Sophomore Keri Leach teamed up with Bowen to keep the game scoreless in the fourth inning. Lawrie got the first hit of the ballgame with a single to short. Lappin relieved her on the base path and stole second base.
Following a pop out, a strikeout and a walk, Willis singled to left field. Lappin tried to score from second, but Leach made an outstanding throw to Bowen at the plate, arriving just ahead of the sliding Lappin for the third out of the inning.
Both teams carried no-hitters into the fourth inning, and neither club broke through with a run until Barrett crossed the plate in the sixth inning.
Cobb also singled in the fourth inning, finishing with two hits in the game.