Feb. 22, 2014
HOUSTON - Houston Softball outscored their two opponents 33-1 en route to picking up a 15-1(6) victory over Nicholls and winning 17-0 (5) win against Columbia on the opening day of play at the Houston Hilton Plaza Invite Friday evening. The Cougars launched six long balls on the day including Haley Outon’s school-record tying 47th home run of her career.
HOUSTON 15, NICHOLLS STATE 1 (6) - BOX SCORE
It took six innings of work for Houston to force a Colonels (4-9) surrender with UH posting their first run-rule decision of the day. UH lead 6-0 after the first three innings with the fourth frame the only inning of the day the home squad didn’t score. Two runs in the fifth and then a seven-running outburst in the sixth ended the game and gave Houston their sixth victory of the season.
Team-leaders in home runs (4), Selena Hernandez (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Haley Outon (1-for-3, 4 R, 1 RBI), kept pace as each delivered homers, within two at bats with another. Kris Davila (3-for-4, 2 R, 3RBI) added Houston’s third homer of the day in the sixth inning to give the final total.
Outon tied another school record on the day with her four runs in the game. She joins five other Cougars to hold that record with Melissa Gregson the last to accomplish the feat (2012).
Jaime Edwards (3-for-4, 1 R, 4 RBI) started the scoring for the Red and White with a two-out single in the first inning bringing in Kayla Holland and Haley Outon. Each of Edwards’ three hits scored runs for Houston with the Austin, Texas, native matching her career-high in RBI (4).
Hernandez and Haley’s home runs in the second and third innings carried UH to the fifth inning with a 6-1 lead. The fourth inning was the only frame Houston didn’t accumulate runs on the day as UH plated nine runs over the fifth and sixth innings to close out the win.
Lost in the offensive outburst but in control of the circle was Houston’s starting pitcher Summer Groholski. The junior improved to 3-0 on the season fanning four and allowing four hits in effort.
HOUSTON 17, COLUMBIA 0 (5) - BOX SCORE
The first eight batters Houston sent to the plate scored as the Cougars ran away with a 17-0 win over the Lions (0-2). Half of those runs came off Kendra Cullum’s third career grand slam and the first home run of the season for the senior. Cullum went 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBI, setting a new career high.
A lead-off single for Columbia was the only ding to Diedre Outon’s outing as she threw 4.2 innings of perfect work from the circle for Houston. Outon picked up her third win of the year (3-0) adding four strikeouts in the one-hit performance.
Houston improved to 3-0 on the year when their leadoff batter St. Pierre scores her first time up.
A run in the second and third inning took the game to the fourth when Houston scored seven more runs on five hits.
Cullum’s double led the fourth inning off and then a bases-loaded double for Alexis Dunn cleared the bases. Dunn took third on the throw home and the ball squirted away from the catcher allowing Dunn to drain the basepaths for a four-run tally the second time in the game.
The third and final home run was Haley Outon’s school record tying home run (Kristen Glowacz, 2002-05)
Houston (7-1) returns to action tomorrow with a 4:30 contest against Columbia and faces North Dakota State at 7 p.m.