No. 18/21 Softball Drops Two Heartbreakers During Day Two of Marriott Houston Invitational
Feb. 21, 2009
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
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.
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.
The first game on Sunday is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with Northern Illinois playing McNeese State.