TULSA — After a groundout to the pitcher for the second out of the inning, Kaitlin Allen, who pinched hit for Withee, got on first after a hit-by-pitch. Henshaw walked to load the bases with two outs for shortstop Jill Barrett. Barrett delivered with an RBI single to the shortstop to bring home Edmiston. The Golden Hurricane threat ended there with a groundout to first base for the third out and to leave the bases loaded.
Both teams went 1-2-3 in the sixth inning and Western Illinois also went 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning before Tulsa scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Bailey Erwin (7-0) earns the win in relief pitching the final 3.0 innings, giving up one run on three hits with one strikeout, while Caitlin Sill pitched 4.0 innings giving up five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Barrett led Tulsa at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance to increase her batting average to .500 on the season, while Roye, Hughes and Henshaw added two hits each. Barrett also recorded an RBI in the fifth inning, which gives her 91 career RBIs and ties her for eighth most in school history.
Teagan Walsh (1-1) picked up the loss for Western Illinois as she pitched the final 2.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits, while Kacyee Hart pitched the first 4.0 innings giving up six runs on seven hits with four walks. Briana Williams, Kanssa Kouchis and Megg Kelly each at two hits at the plate and Walsh had three RBIs for WIU.
The Golden Hurricane hosts Arkansas on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Collins Softball Complex before opening Conference USA play this weekend.