COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Sophomore center fielder Lindsey Stewart and the University of Houston Softball team capitalized on a dropped fly to score the game-winning run in a 5-4 victory over Boston College on Saturday afternoon at Aggie Softball Complex as part of the Aggie Classic.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 2-1 on the season, while the Eagles fall to 0-3.
In the circle, junior Savannah Heebner improved to 2-0 on the season, picking up the win in two innings of relief of junior starter Presley Bell. Heebner surrendered one run on one hit, while Bell issued three runs on six hits in five innings of work. After the first inning, Bell retired 18 of her final 22 batters.
1st | Boston College struck first, scoring three runs in the opening frame.
4th | With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Crumpton and senior shortstop Mariah Garcia gave Houston two baserunners via a walk and hit by pitch. In the next at bat, sophomore third baseman Sarah Queen delivered Crumpton on a single to center field to make it a two-run ballgame.
5th | The Cougars turned in a three-run fifth to take a 4-3 lead. After sophomore second baseman Arielle James drew a leadoff walk, Thomas laid down a bunt single, and a throwing error on the play allowed James to score. Later in the frame with two outs, sophomore Kelli Montgomery reached on a pinch-hit hit by pitch and was followed by RBI singles from Crumpton and Garcia to take the lead.
6th | Boston College evened the score at 4-4 with a solo home run to right center in the top of the sixth.
7th | In the bottom of the seventh, Stewart doubled and advanced to third on a groundout, before a dropped fly on what would've forced extra innings allowed Houston to walk it off, 5-4.
Houston will play one more game on the day. If tournament runs on time, the Cougars will face Texas Tech at 5:15 p.m. For updates on game time, follow @UHCougarSB on Twitter.
COUGAR SOFTBALL STADIUM UPGRADES
Thanks to a record year for the Diamond Club, Houston Softball announced the addition of an LED, Daktronics video board (completed) and indoor practice facility as major upgrades to Cougar Softball Stadium.
According to Daktronics, the new outfield video board will be the fifth largest at an on-campus softball stadium in the country and the largest in the state of Texas. The board, which will sit just beyond the left-field wall, will stand 29-feet-3.1-inches tall and measure 24-feet-4.0-inches wide with 576 square feet of space (24-feet by 24-feet) for live video, instant replays, statistics and scoring information, graphics and animations, and sponsor messages. The display features a 13HD pixel layout for crisp, clear imagery for a great view from every seat at the stadium.
The indoor facility, which will replace the current batting cage down the right-field line, will measure 70-feet by 80-feet. The 5,600-square-foot space will feature five batting cages, measuring 60-feet long by 15-feet wide each, with retractable nets for the space to be used in a variety of ways. The facility will have a synthetic turf floor and will be temperature controlled.
In total, the two capital projects represent $1.2 million in upgrades.
The Houston Athletics Ticket Office is once again proud to offer the Shasta Pass for the 2017-18 season. For just $80, Cougar fans can purchase one Shasta Pass, which allows season-long general admission entrance to all Houston Volleyball, Soccer, Women's Basketball and Softball home games.
The Shasta Pass offers Houston fans a substantial saving as single-game tickets start at $5 for all four sports. To purchase a Shasta Pass, call 713-GO-COOGS or CLICK HERE.
JOIN DIAMOND CLUB
Fans can help support the Houston Softball program by joining the Diamond Club. To find out more information about the Diamond Club, visit UHCougars.com or call Cougar Pride at (713) 743-GoUH. For more information, CLICK HERE.