Feb. 24, 2008
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team moved to 14-0 Sunday after defeating Texas State, 4-0, to conclude play at the Houston Marriott Classic. The Cougars swept their second-straight tournament and outscored their opponents 29-5 in five games.
No. 16/20 Houston (14-0) moved to 8-4 in the all-time series against the Bobcats with the win.
After retiring the first three batters of the first inning, Texas State pitcher Ragan Blake sent the perfect pitch to junior Laurie Wagner and she sent it sailing over the left center fence for the Cougars first score and her third home run of the season.
Senior Amanda Grote followed up with a single through shortstop and junior Haley Valis reached base on a walk but freshman Casey Willow would leave them stranded when she struck out swinging to end the inning.
Texas State wouldn't get their first base runner until the bottom of the fifth inning when Alex Newton hit a single over second base. But she would get out after the next batter reached base on a fielder's choice and she was thrown out on her way to second. The next two batters would hit into play but the Cougar defense would get a double play at first and second to get out of the inning.
Houston responded in the sixth. Wagner reached base after taking a ball to the leg and Grote would draw a walk but Haley Valis would fly out to the right fielder and the Bobcats would escape the inning without allowing any runs.
In their final chance to score runs, Houston put Jessica Valis and junior Katie Bush on first and second before junior Elaina Nordstrom hit her fifth home run of the season over the left field fence, pushing the Cougar lead to 4-0.
The defense continued their dominance throughout the tournament and stopped the Bobcats final chance to score to earn the win.
Senior Angel Shamblin stays perfect on the mound moving to 7-0 this season. In seven innings of work, she allowed just one hit, no runs and struck out five batters.
Up next, the Cougars will take to the road for the first time this season when they travel to College Station, Texas for a double-header against No. 3 Texas A&M. First pitch is slated for 4pm. Houston will then have the weekend off before hosting the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game against Texas on March 5 at 5pm.