Feb. 25, 2006
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team lost to Texas State but defeated Rhode Island on day two at the Crowne Plaza Classic Friday at the Cougar Softball Stadium.
Katie Ann Trahan shut down the Cougar offense giving up only two hits and striking out 12 batters in the circle, while Amy Hromadka paced Texas State on offense going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the seventh inning capping a 4-0 victory for the Bobcats.
"The main focus today was game one even though we did some good things in the second game," head coach Kyla Holas said. "I felt like we got beat mentally against Texas State. Trahan is a good pitcher but there is no reason for us as a strong offensive team to strikeout that many times."
In the nightcap, Houston (12-4) rebounded for a 10-0 victory over Rhode Island in six innings.
Carla Kennimer allowed only two hits in five innings of work bumping her record to 2-1 on the season, while Barbie Love pitched the final inning tallying two strikeouts.
Elaina Nordstrom went 3-for-4 and put the Cougars up 1-0 with a RBI-single in the first inning.
"Elaina has really locked in on our hitting plan," Holas said. "I'm proud of the way she approaches each at-bat out there and how she forces pitchers to hit their spots.
The Cougars added three runs the fourth inning opening the frame with back-to-back singles from Laura Durham and Haley Valis. With two outs, Jessica Valis knocked an infield single and Durham scored on a Rhode Island error to extend the advantage to 2-0. Katie Bush pushed the Houston lead to 4-0 driving home the Valis sisters.
Angel Shambin continued the Houston hit parade driving home two more runs on a single in the fifth inning, while Durham ripped a bases clearing double in the sixth inning for the final margin of 10-0.
The Cougars return to diamond tomorrow to face Iowa State and Wichita State. First pitch against the Cyclones is set for approximately 5pm, while the match-up with the Shockers will follow 20 minutes after the conclusion of the opening game.
"Tomorrow is a day where we can refocus and get back on track with our hitting plan," Holas said. "Seven games in four days is a tough stretch for any team. These games are attainable wins for us if we stick with our gameplan."
Houston improves to 1-0 all-time against Rhode Island but falls to 4-3 against Texas State ... Head coach Kyla Holas is two victories away from reaching 175 career victories ... The Cougars are 5-1 when wearing white on white this season ... Houston is 8-1 when outhitting its opponents this season ... Against Rhode Island was the ninth time this season that Houston has registered 10 or more hits ... Houston swiped a season-best five team stolen bases against Rhode Island ... The Cougars drew seven walks against Rhode Island, it's second highest total of the season ... The season high is 10 walks against No. 15 Baylor back on February 17 ... The Cougars also tallied 9 team RBIs against the Rams; the season high is 10 team RBIs against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi on February 19 ... Haley Valis picked up her first career hit against Rhode Island and scored her first career run ... She also drew a career-best two walks and stole her first career base as a Cougar ... Haley is the 13th player this season to pick up a hit for Houston ... With a single against Texas State, Brandi Clark is now 15 hits away from reaching 100-career hits ... Laura Durham tallied Cougar career-highs with three hits against Rhode Island ... Christa Raley tallied three walks today and paces the squad with 13 in 2006 ... Raley has drawn a walk in 10 of her last 11 games ... Elaina Nordstrom is the only Cougar to reach safely in all 16 games this season ... Nordstrom has walked six times in her last four games ... She has picked up a hit in 14 of 16 games and has added a RBI in nine of her last 11 games ... Nordstrom set a new career-high with three hits against URI ... Katie Bush racked up her fifth multi-hit game and her first multi-career RBI game ... The two-run single in the fourth by Bush against Rhode Island scored twins Haley and Jessica Valis on the same play ... It was the first time in Cougar softball history that sisters have scored on the same play ... Jessica Valis added her team-best ninth multi-hit game on the season ... She scored a career-best three runs against the Rams and has now scored a run in 10 of her last 12 games ... 20 of Valis' team-best 24 hits have been infield singles ... The Shiner, Texas native also stole her eight base on the season against URI ... Angel Shamblin joined teammates Elaina Nordstrom and Laura Durham as the only Houston players to drive in 10 RBIs so far this season.