TULSA — Right fielder Haley Henshaw's game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the University of Tulsa a 7-6 win over Western Illinois on Tuesday at the Collins Softball Complex.
Center fielder Cierra Hughes led off the seventh inning for No. 20 Tulsa (20-3) with a bunt single and moved to second after designated hitter Aimee Creger's walk. Third baseman Maggie Withee successfully bunted both runners to second and third before Henshaw's game-winning RBI single with one out that drove in Hughes from third.
First baseman Jill Roye broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run to center field to give the Golden Hurricane a 1-0 lead. After a walk from left fielder Jodi Edmiston, Hughes doubled to center field to put runners on second and third with no outs.
Creger hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Edmiston to give Tulsa a 2-0 lead. After a pop out to third base for the second out of the inning, Henshaw delivered with an RBI single to right field to bring in Hughes to increase TU's lead to 3-0.
Western Illinois (11-7) fought back and scored four runs in the top of the third inning to take a 4-3 lead over the Golden Hurricane.
WIU extended its lead to three runs with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, but Tulsa tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs.
Cather Erica Sampson led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a walk and went to second after Roye's single up the middle. Edmiston's RBI double down the left field line to score Sampson to cut WIU's lead to 6-4. Hughes grounded out to second base for the first out of the inning to bring in Brittany Walker, who pinch ran for Roye, to bring Tulsa within a run, 6-5.