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Tulsa ranked; Creger picks up honors

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Tulsa is off to a hot start in the first two weeks of the softball season and its paying off.

The Golden Hurricane (9-1) has found their way to the national polls after sweeping the Aggie Classic last weekend, which included a 5-2 victory against No. 8 Texas A&M on Sunday.

TU was ranked No. 21 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll, and No. 22 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25, both which were released on Tuesday. Having a win against No. 18 Louisville the previous weekend also factored in to the Hurricane’s entry into the polls.

Aimee Creger was also honored again for her pitching. The senior from Yukon (Okla.) was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week on Monday, then picked up USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

"It's very exciting to me," Creger said. "It gives me the determination to continue to do really well this season, so I can play with the (USA Softball Women's National) team again this summer. I definitely could not do as well as I have been without my team, because they've been hitting well and playing great defense behind me. I have all the confidence in them, and they're part of the reason why I've done so well."

Creger allowed just three runs on eight hits with eight walks and a .125 opponent batting average. She averaged 2.1 strikeouts per inning for the weekend. Against the Aggies on Sunday, Creger struck out 11 batters, allowing just two runs on four hits in six innings.

Tulsa also had beaten Oregon State and McNeese State Friday and Saturday.

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