No. 18/21 Softball Drops Two Heartbreakers During Day Two of Marriott Houston Invitational

    Senior Christa Raley hit her fourth home run of the season in a 2-for-3 performance against Northern Illinois.
    Senior Christa Raley hit her fourth home run of the season in a 2-for-3 performance against Northern Illinois.
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    HOUSTON--The University of Houston softball team dropped two at Cougar Softball Field for Day two of the Marriott Houston Invitational. Houston lost 4-3 in eight innings to Texas A&M and 5-3 to Northern Illinois. Houston moves to 6-7 on the season.

    Houston 3, Northern Illinois 5
    Sophomore Amanda Crabtree struck out six, allowed only two hits, but with a sixth inning grand slam the Huskies would walk away with an upset 5-3 victory.

    The Cougars started off in the first inning with a SAC fly by Laurie Wagner to score Jessica Valis, who reached base on a single to put Houston's first run on the board.

    The game would remain scoreless until the top of the sixth, when on a 1-0 count, Christa Raley hit a two-run homer knocking in Haley Valis who singled earlier in the inning. The home run raised Raley's total to four this season.

    The Huskies responded in the bottom of the sixth with a grand slam hit by Andrea Colosimo, after a run was walked in by Crabtree. NIU would end the inning taking the lead, and eventually the game 5-3.

    Houston 3, Texas A&M 4

    After going back and forth in regulation, and the game being forced into an international tie-breaker, the Cougars dropped a hard-fought game to the No. 19-ranked Aggies 4-3.

    Senior Haley Valis hit her third double of the weekend to score senior Christa Raley and to put up the Cougars' first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning.

    Texas A&M responded in the top of the third with two runs on two hits to take the lead.

    Senior Laurie Wagner started the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to tie the game at two.

    The Aggies took the lead again in the top of the fifth inning when on one out, Holly Ridley hit a double to right center to knock in Natalie Villarreal, who reached base on a walk.

    Haley Valis hit another double in the bottom of the sixth inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Rhi Kliesin and on two outs, sophomore Angela Spittler reached base on an error by the shortstop, which in turn scored Haley Valis to tie the game at three.

    A&M took the lead and would ultimately take the win after Kelsey Spittler singled to left field in the eighth inning to score Erin Glasco. Glasco was placed on second due to the international tie-breaker rules.

    Sophomore Baillie Lott is now 2-4 for the season after striking out three, walking four, and allowing four runs on six hits.

    Next Up
    Houston will be back on the field Sunday to play Prairie View A&M for the final game of the Marriott Houston Invitational at 1 p.m.

    The first game on Sunday is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with Northern Illinois playing McNeese State.



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