Feb. 16, 2013
HOUSTON - Houston softball posted a 5-0 shutout over DePaul and then suffered a 15-0 shutout at the hands of No. 6 Texas to cap the second day of the Hilton Houston Plaza Invite. Houston (7-3) saw their five-game winning streak come to the end against the Longhorns and close out the Invite tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. against Illinois.
Houston 5, DePaul 0
Junior Bailey Watts started the game for Houston and allowed only two hits in her first shutout of the season to improve to 3-1 on the year. Nearly two-thirds of Watts' pitches went for strikes as the junior threw four strikeouts and didn't allow a hit after the third inning.
Watts kept Houston in the game as Houston managed only one hit through the first 3.2 innings. Junior transfer Taylor Duplechain (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R) came through hitting the Cougars' first triple of the year to score Kendra Cullum and give Houston the 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Senior Julia Pecina (2-for-2, 1 walk) hit her first home run of the year for an insurance run in the next inning before the bats came alive in the sixth inning, scoring three runs on four hits.
Duplechain added the first RBI in the sixth to score Jennifer Hooker, who pitch ran for Reina Gaber after the senior reached on a single. It was the first multi-RBI game for the Pearland (Texas) native.
Haley Outon moved Hooker to second with a single of her own before she came around to score on a passed ball. Duplechain scored on sophomore Jaime Edwards sacrifice fly and Houston earned beat the Blue Demons (4-5) for the second time this tournament.
Texas 15, Houston 0 (5)
Facing the No. 6 team in the nation, the Cougars found themselves in a deep hole to begin the game as UT (10-0) scored nine runs in the first inning with four runs coming courtesy of a Taylor Thom grand slam.
Thom tied an NCAA record, held by three others, when she cleared the bases with her second grand slam of the game later in the fifth inning.
Junior Diedre Outon started the contest in the circle and struggled to find her command giving two walks and a hit batter before Thom's first slam did the damage. Freshman Julana Shrum entered the game and didn't allow an earned run despite six runs crossing the plate coming unearned over three errors during her appearance.
Four Houston batters found their way on base with a hit but the Cougars couldn't get past second base as UT beat Houston for the third straight time the two teams have met. Haley Outon (five) and Taylor Duplechain (six) were half of the quartet as they both extended their hitting-streaks.