Softball Moves to 4-0 With Wins Over McNeese State
Feb. 9, 2008
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team moved to 4-0 Saturday with wins over McNeese State at Cougar Softball Stadium.
Houston (4-0) defeated the Cowgirls in game one with a score of 9-1 in just five innings. Junior Elaina Nordstrom led the Cougars hitting her first homerun this season and the 18th of her career.
Junior Haley Valis hit the lone triple in the game. She hit in junior Laurie Wagner and would eventually score herself. The final run of the inning came from junior Christa Raley after she reached base on a walk and Jessica Valis hit a single to bring her in.
The Cougars would seal the win with three runs in the third inning.
Senior Angel Shamblin pitched the entire game striking out nine and allowing just four hits and one error. She moves to 2-0 when pitching this season.
Freshman Jennifer Klinkert hit her first career homerun in the second game to pace the Cougars. Houston defeated the Cowgirls 8-0 in six innings.
With one out in the first inning, Klinkert hit a home run up the middle of the field allowing Nordstrom to score giving Houston the 3-0 lead.
After opening the game with three quick runs in the first inning, Houston was held scoreless until the bottom of four when Raley hit a double to bring in Jessica Valis. Raley would score on a single by senior Courtney Spittler. An illegal pitch would bring Spittler in to give Houston the 6-0 advantage.
The final runs of the afternoon came in the sixth inning. Senior Amanda Grote hit a single to open the inning. After two quick outs, Bush reached base on a double down the right field line, scoring Grote. The final run came on a Klinkert single that sent Bush home.
Senior Barbie Love pitched the second game notching nine strikeouts in 19 at bats, one hit, no runs and no errors. This was her first trip to the mound this season.
The Cougars continue their month-long home stand when they play host to the Crowne Plaza Classic on Feb. 15-17. Teams scheduled to play in the tournament include DePaul, Army and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.