Feb. 10, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team went 1-1 on the second day of the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic earning a 7-5 win over Texas State and fell 4-1 to Iowa. Both of Houston's (2-2) wins have came against the Bobcats (0-4) and the two teams are set to close out the opening weekend tournament on Sunday at 2 p.m. UH faces Lipscomb (3-1) at 9 am. to start tomorrow's action.
The Cougars opened the contest with a disciplined plate approach drawing two walks as with two-hole hitter Kendra taking her first hit by the pitch of the year. Senior Reina Gaber knocked a ball to deep left field but the one run scored by Cullum, who scored three times in the game, would be all Houston could manage of the situation.
Houston drew eight walks in the game and sprayed five hits to score in five of the six innings including all four down the stretch to answer the Texas State's own rally. The Bobcats pushed two runs past Houston in the second to take a 2-1 lead before the patience wore on the Texas State pitching staff with Cullum and Haley Outon again receiving free passes to first. Reina Gaber moved the runners along with a single and Diedre Outon delivered a deep fly ball that was caught by a diving outfielder allowing sister Haley to score on the RBI.
Houston added two more runs in the bottom of the third from there and never trailed again.
Holly Anderson added three key sacrifice bunts in three of the next four innings proving contrary to the adage that no good deed goes unnoticed. Houston scored in the last four innings and added an insurance run in the sixth after the Bobcats narrowed the gap with a three-run homer.
Besides allowing the home run, sophomore Summer Groholski was solid in her season debut. The Grapeland (Texas) native set a new career high with seven strikeouts before allowing Coralee Ramirez's second home run of the game to make it 6-5 in the sixth inning. After a quick mound visit from head coach Kyla Holas, the ball would never leave the infield again giving Groholski her second career win against Texas State.
Houston struggled in the second game defensively and managed just three hits as the Iowa Hawkeyes earned the 4-1 win over Bailey Watts (1-1) and the Cougars in the second game of the afternoon.
Watts allowed two solo home runs, the only two hits, for the first five innings to keep Houston in the game but the Cougars' offense could manage only three hits against Iowa's Kayla Massey (1-1).
After registering not a single official at bat despite four place appearances in the first game, (one walk, three sac bunts), Holly Anderson came out swinging with a 2-for-4 performance and added a steal. Freshman Katie St. Pierre added the other hit with Taylor Duplechain the only run as the Cougars fell short in the Saturday finale.
HOUSTON HILTON PLAZA CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Sunday, Feb. 10
9:00 a.m. Houston vs. Lipscomb
11:30 a.m. ULL-Iowa
2:00 p.m. Houston vs. Texas State
Stay tuned to @UHCougarSB and UHCougars.com for any weather announcements concerning Sunday's games.