Softball Runs Win Streak to Nine Games
Feb. 19, 2006
HOUSTON - Reliever Crystal Briscoe collected two saves as the University of Houston softball team picked up a pair of victories Saturday on day two of the Marriott Houston Hobby Invitational at the Cougar Softball Stadium. The Cougars won 7-4 over Samford and notched a 4-2 victory against Northwestern State.
Houston has won nine games in a row, while Briscoe has tallied a save in three of the last four games.
The Cougars (9-1) grabbed early leads in both games only to fend off seventh inning rallies by both opponents that were fueled by Houston miscues.
Briscoe entered the game with the tying run at the plate in each contest. The Buffalo, Texas native struck out five of the six batters she faced on the day.
"When you score a lot of runs early, you tend to go into cruise control a little bit," head coach Kyla Holas said. "We have to make sure that we stay focused out there. I would like to clean that up and have us finish games as strong as we start them."
Houston fired out of the gates grabbing a 7-1 advantage after four innings of play against Samford.
Jessica Valis and Katie Bush went 3-for-5 at the top of the Cougar lineup, while Elaina Nordstrom and Laurie Wagner fueled the offense with 2 RBIs apiece. Valis also added her first career RBI against the Bulldogs.
"I'm just trying to get us started by getting on base," Valis said. "It's my teammates who I rely on to get me around the bases."
Carla Kennimer evened her record at 1-1 throwing 6.1 innings and tallying six strikeouts. Kennimer became the second UH pitcher in four days to reach the 100-career strikeout mark.
In game two, Houston built a 4-0 lead stringing together runs in four different innings.
Angel Shamblin broke out of a 1-for-17 slump over her last six games with a 2-for-3 performance that included a home run and a RBI-single.
Wagner got the Cougars started with a RBI-single that scored Valis in the first inning.
"I don't even think about the fact that we're starting six freshmen," Holas said. "Those are the players that are hot right now so they should be on the field."
Candi Kloecker pitched six strong innings to improve to 4-0 on the season. Kloecker struck out eight, while allowing just five hits and two runs, both unearned in the victory.
Houston wraps up the Marriott Houston Hobby Invitational facing off against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. First pitch against the Islanders is for 1pm Sunday at the Cougar Softball Stadium. UH students get in for free by showing their Cougar 1 Card at the gate.