Feb. 16, 2008
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team continued their winning ways on Saturday defeating Army 10-1 in just five innings during the second day of the Crowne Plaza Classic. Through three games of the tournament the Cougars have scored 24 runs after allowing just one to the Black Knights in today's contest.
Freshman Bailey Lott (2-0) pitched the entire game striking out six batters, giving up two hits with one run and one error.
Junior Laurie Wanger saw her five-game hitting streak end during the Cougars win. Since the Cougars 8-0 win over McNeese State on Feb. 9, Wagner was eight of eight at the plate including a home run.
Houston scored a run in each of the two opening innings of the game. It was during the third inning though that the Cougars really got their bats working. After a pitching change for the Black Knights to open the inning, juniors Jessica Valis and Katie Bush reached base on a single. Valis would eventually get caught stealing second to give the Cougars their first out.
Junior Elaina Nordstrom and freshman Jennifer Klinkert loaded the bases after both earned walks. Before junior Haley Valis would score Nordstrom on a single RBI, Bush was also caught stealing and tagged out at home. Junior Christa Raley and senior Amanda Grote would earn 2 RBIs each after clearing the bases on back-to-back doubles to close out the scoring in the inning.
Houston gave up their first run of the tournament when Army's Laura Baranek scored on a wild pitch in the third inning. The Cougars would get their final three runs of game in the fourth inning and behind Lott's solid pitching would earn the win.
Houston moves to 6-0 on the season and 3-0 at the tournament while Army is 0-3 at the tournament and overall.
Rain delayed the final game of the afternoon. Houston will now face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 1pm on Sunday to conclude the Crowne Plaza Classic.
During the morning games DePaul defeated Army and Texas A&M-Corpus Christ 6-2 and 4-3, respectively.
The final day of the tournament will begin on Sunday at 9am. Houston will play the late games at 11am against DePaul and at 1pm against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Live stats for all games in the tournament can be found at http://uhcougars.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/crowne-plaza-classic-08.html.
Complete Tournament Game Schedule/Results
Friday, Feb. 15
Army, 7 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 9
Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 0 vs. DePaul, 2
DePaul, 0 vs. Houston, 5
Houston, 9 vs. Army, 0
Saturday, Feb. 16
DePaul, 6 vs. Army, 2
Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 4 vs. DePaul, 3
Army, 1 vs. Houston, 10
Sunday, Feb. 17
9am- Texas A&M Corpus Christi vs. Army
11am- Houston vs. DePaul
1pm- Houston vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi