April 4, 2014
UAB (22-15, 8-4 C-USA) vs. No. 17 Tulsa (34-3, 9-0 C-USA)
Saturday, April 5 – (DH) 1 p.m./3 p.m. CT
Sunday, April 6 – 1 p.m.
Birmingham, Ala. – UAB Softball Field
Game Coverage: Twitter | Live Video | UAB Notes
Live Stats: Saturday - Game One | Game Two | Sunday - Game Three
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – At the halfway point of the 2014 Conference USA season, the UAB softball team (22-15, 8-4 C-USA) will welcome the No. 17 Tulsa Golden Hurricane to the UAB Softball Field for a crucial three-game set this Saturday and Sunday.
The Blazers enter the weekend in second place (and hold the tiebreaker over North Texas after a three-game sweep), while Tulsa sits atop the league standings with a perfect 9-0 conference record.
Saturday’s doubleheader is slated for a 1 p.m. start, while game three of the series on Sunday is also scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
Live stats and video will be available at www.UABsports.com.
Tulsa holds the all-time series record over UAB, 17-11, but UAB has won the last two meetings. The Blazers topped Tulsa, 9-7 and 1-0 to take last season’s three-game series in Oklahoma. The two teams are meeting in Birmingham for the first time since the 2012 season, where the Golden Hurricane won the series 2-1.
The weekend series begins a four-game stretch for UAB against tough competition, as Tulsa is No. 20 in the latest RPI, while Alabama, UAB’s next opponent following the weekend, holds the top spot at No. 1. Tulsa is No. 17 in the latest NFCA polls.
Scouting the Competition
Tulsa has won 16-straight games and take a perfect 9-0 Conference USA record into the weekend series in Birmingham. The Golden Hurricane are 34-3 overall and 8-3 away from home.
Tulsa is ranked No. 17 in the NFCA poll and have a No. 20 RPI heading into the weekend series against the Blazers who are No. 26 in the RPI.
The Golden Hurricane have one of the most stellar pitching staff’s in the country, led by Aimee Creger who has won Conference USA Player of the Week four times this season, including a national player of the week honor. Creger is 15-1 with a 0.99 ERA and has six shutouts in 10 complete games. She has allowed just 15 earned runs in 105.2 innings pitched.
Tulsa owns the NCAA’s second-best batting average and win-loss percentage, and fourth-best ERA. The Golden Hurricane are hitting .348 as a team and have a .914 win percentage. Their team ERA of 1.07 ranks No. 4 in the country. Jill Barrett has the nation’s fifth-best batting average with a .504, while Creger’s 12.9 strikeouts per seven innings rank first in the NCAA.
UAB Up To Program-Best No. 26 In NCAA RPI
Following its debut in the NCAA’s RPI rankings as the No. 32 team, UAB moved up to No. 26 in this past Monday’s release, the highest UAB has ever been in program history. Eleven teams on the Blazers’ schedule currently sit in the RPI’s top-50, while 19 of UAB’s opponents rank within the top-100.
UAB is 5-10 against top-50 RPI teams, but 10-1 against teams 50-100. Of UAB’s 19 remaining regular-season contests, seven are against teams in the top-50, including No. 20 Tulsa, No. 1 Alabama and No. 23 Oklahoma. UAB’s opponents own a 570-343 combined overall record (.624).
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