Big Sixth Inning Lifts Houston over HBU 8-0

Feb. 26, 2013

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  1 2 3 4 5 6 F H E
HBU (4-2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
Houston (8-4) 2 0 0 2 0 4 8 10 1

Pitching IP ER R K BB H
Bailey Watts (4-1) 6.0 0 0 6 1 2

Batting H AB R RBI SB
Reina Gaber 2 4 2 0 0
Taylor Duplechain 1 4 0 2 1
Holly Anderson 1 3 2 0 0

HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball scored four runs in the sixth inning to put away Houston Baptist 8-0 Tuesday evening at Cougar Softball Stadium. Junior Bailey Watts earned the win allowing just two hits with six strikeouts and connected on her first career hit to help her own cause.

Houston (8-4) jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning courtesy of a pair of doubles from Reina Gaber and Taylor Duplechain. Gaber's double moved Kendra Cullum, who took first with her third hit by the pitch of the year, to third base. A four-pitch walk to cleanup hitter Haley Outon loaded the bases for the Pearland (Texas) native and Duplechain gave UH the 2-0 lead.

Gaber went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles for half of Houston's double total. The Whittier (Calif.) native added two runs scored to help lead UH scoring charges bookending the game.

"We still have some things we need to work on," said head coach Kyla Holas. "I want us more consistent (pitching), we could have squared up a lot more bunts, we left some runners on base. But anytime you get a midweek win with some time off, you're pretty pleased with that."

Watts threw all six of her strikeouts in the first 3.2 innings to improve her record to 4-1 on the year.

Houston added another two-spot on a wild play in the fourth inning. Pinch hitter Sydney Gerbracht delivered a single up the middle to score Katie St. Pierre from second cleanly with Holly Anderson coming around third. Anderson was called out at the plate but the third base umpire observed that Anderson was obstructed allowing Houston to gain the 4-0 advantage.

The Cougars pinch hitters went 3-for-3 in the game as Gerbracht, Diedre Outon and Tess Soefje all adding singles. Soefje is 3-for-6 in spot duty this season.

Errors doomed the Huskies (4-2) in the sixth inning as Houston used three hits of their own as HBU committed three errors in the inning. Gaber's hard-hit error put two runs home before she and Haley Outon, who reached via a double, scored on a wild pitch and E6 in succession.

Houston welcomes UTSA to Cougar Softball Stadium tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.



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