Feb. 27, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team fell 3-2 to UTSA Wednesday evening at Cougar Softball Stadium. The Roadrunners outhit Houston 7-4 in the final game of Houston's opening homestand to open the year.
Summer Groholski took the loss for Houston (8-5) giving up only one earned run fell to 3-2 on the year. UTSA's (9-7) Alysaa Vordenbaum picked up her second win of the year (2-3) as she held Houston to no walks for the first time this year.
UH gained the lead in the second inning as Haley Outon led off the inning with a single to left field. Taylor Duplechain (1-for-2, 1 R, 2 SB) laid down a sacrifice bunt but instead wound up on second after a throwing error and stolen base to give Houston two runners in scoring position with no outs. Senior Julia Pecina delivered a sac fly to score Outon and Kayla Holland drove in Duplechain for the 2-0 lead.
The Cougars held the lead until the fifth inning when things unraveled for the home squad. An error on the potential inning-ending out allowed the tying and go-ahead-run to score giving UTSA the 3-2 lead. The Roadrunners were poised to add another run on the next pitch but second baseman Kayla Holland made a diving stab on a grounder up the middle and flipped the ball to second from her back for the force play pulling Houston out of the jam.
Shortstop Kendra Cullum led all fielders with six assists including two plays that ended rallies and made consecutive force outs to third base in the sixth inning to keep Houston in the game.
The bats went cold for Houston down the final three frames as Houston was unable to rally.
Houston heads to Norman (Okla.) to play the No. 1 Sooners on Friday, with a doubleheader in Stillwater against OSU on Saturday, before wrapping up the weekend back in Norman on Sunday.