HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Softball team scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap an 8-0 run-rule of Yale in its home opener on Friday night at Cougar Softball Stadium as part of the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 5-4 overall, while the Bulldogs fall to 0-2.
In the circle, junior Savannah Heebner improved to 3-1 behind her first shutout of the season and 10th overall of her career. The native of Sedalia, Colo., limited Yale to just three hits, while walking one and striking out four in a complete-game effort, her third of the season.
The Houston offense turned in 14 hits as a team, highlighted by a trio of multi-hit performances. Junior right fielder Maya Thomas finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, while senior left fielder Kaylin Crumpton also turned in a 3-for-4 effort with an RBI. The three hits apiece tie career highs for the corner outfielders.
Sophomore third baseman Sarah Queen finished 2-for-4 with a career-high three RBI. Cougars Sarah Barker, Breezy Burton, Savannah Heebner, Aspen Howie, Arielle James and Caela Kincade all recorded hits, respectively.
1st | After James led off the bottom of the first with a walk, Thomas (bunt), Barker (bunt) and Queen followed with three consecutive singles to take an early 1-0 lead.
2nd | Houston then added another run in the second. Heebner and James each singled to put runners at the corners. With two outs, Thomas made it 2-0 with an RBI single down the right-field line.
6th | In the sixth, the Cougars broke out for six runs on seven hits to walk it off in run-rule fashion.
Savannah Heebner (W, 3-1) | 6.0 IP, CG, SHO, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
The Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational continues with five games on Saturday. Houston will face Syracuse at 4:30 p.m. before seeing UNLV at 7 p.m. in the nightcap.
9 a.m. | Yale vs. UTSA
11:30 a.m. | UTSA vs. Syracuse
2 p.m. | Yale vs. UNLV
4:30 p.m. | Syracuse at Houston
7 p.m. | UNLV at Houston
COUGAR SOFTBALL STADIUM UPGRADES
Thanks to a record year for the Diamond Club, Houston Softball announced the addition of an LED, Daktronics video board (completed) and indoor practice facility as major upgrades to Cougar Softball Stadium.
According to Daktronics, the new outfield video board will be the fifth largest at an on-campus softball stadium in the country and the largest in the state of Texas. The board, which will sit just beyond the left-field wall, will stand 29-feet-3.1-inches tall and measure 24-feet-4.0-inches wide with 576 square feet of space (24-feet by 24-feet) for live video, instant replays, statistics and scoring information, graphics and animations, and sponsor messages. The display features a 13HD pixel layout for crisp, clear imagery for a great view from every seat at the stadium.
The indoor facility, which will replace the current batting cage down the right-field line, will measure 70-feet by 80-feet. The 5,600-square-foot space will feature five batting cages, measuring 60-feet long by 15-feet wide each, with retractable nets for the space to be used in a variety of ways. The facility will have a synthetic turf floor and will be temperature controlled.
In total, the two capital projects represent $1.2 million in upgrades.
The Houston Athletics Ticket Office is once again proud to offer the Shasta Pass for the 2017-18 season. For just $80, Cougar fans can purchase one Shasta Pass, which allows season-long general admission entrance to all Houston Volleyball, Soccer, Women's Basketball and Softball home games.
The Shasta Pass offers Houston fans a substantial saving as single-game tickets start at $5 for all four sports. To purchase a Shasta Pass, call 713-GO-COOGS or CLICK HERE.
JOIN DIAMOND CLUB
Fans can help support the Houston Softball program by joining the Diamond Club. To find out more information about the Diamond Club, visit UHCougars.com or call Cougar Pride at (713) 743-GoUH. For more information, CLICK HERE.