Feb. 12, 2006
HOUSTON - Angel Shamblin fired a complete game one-hit shutout lifting the University of Houston softball team to a 3-0 victory over No. 22 Oregon opening day three of the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational Sunday morning at the Cougar Softball Stadium.
Shamblin struck out eight Oregon batters allowing only one hit and two walks. The Davie, Fla. native carried a perfect-game into the fifth inning retiring the first 12 batters she faced. Beth Boskovich drew a walk to start the fifth but was quickly erased when Candi Kloecker charged in to catch a bunt. She fired a strike to Jaci Gonzalez who was covering first base for a double play.
The Ducks (3-1) threatened again in the sixth putting runners on first and second base with two outs. Breanne Sabol reached on a Gonzalez fielding error, but the ball squirted to Jessica Valis who alertly fired a bullet to the plate preserving the shutout for Shamblin.
Houston (2-1) took the early 1-0 advantage on a Bush RBI single that scored Wagner.
The Cougars tacked on another run in the third inning as Nordstrom started the frame ripping a base hit into centerfield. She stole second base and moved over to third base when centerfield Sari Jenkins misplayed the ball. Christa Raley drew a walk and Nordstrom scored when Raley was caught in a rundown trying to steal second base.
Houston added a final run in the fifth when Shamblin poked a leadoff double to open the frame. Shamblin moved to third base on a groundout. A wild throw by Boskovick allowed Shamblin to score making it 3-0.
The Cougars conclude the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational later this afternoon against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. First pitch against the Islanders is slated for approximately 4pm at the Cougar Softball Stadium. UH students get in free by showing their Cougar 1 Card.
Houston snaps a personal three-game losing streak and is now 2-4 all-time against Oregon ... The Cougars are 1-1 this season against ranked opponents after going 3-8 a season ago ... Head coach Kyla Holas is only 12 wins shy of reaching 175 career victories ... Angel Shamblin fired her fifth career complete game shutout ... She carried a perfect game into the fifth inning and a no-hitter into the sixth ... Jaci Gonzalez made her 150th career start, while Candi Kloecker made her first career start ... Katie Bush picked up her first career RBI with a single in the second inning ... It was also Bush's first career multi-hit game ... Laurie Wagner also tallied her first career multi-hit game ... Laura Durham and Elaina Nordstrom have hit safely in all three games this season ... With two hits, Jessica Valis has picked up two hits in two of her first three games.