March 1, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Houston Softball split Saturday’s decisions earning a 4-2 win over Purdue while dropping a game to No. 10 Alabama during the second day of the Easton Crimson Classic. Houston is now 10-5 on the season after rebounding against Purdue and concludes the tournament tomorrow with another matchup against the Boilermakers.
ALABAMA 12, HOUSTON 1 (5) - Box Score
Houston fell 12-1 to No. 10 Alabama (17-3) during the first game of the day and third-straight game against a Top 10 team for UH.
Houston hung with Alabama for the first three innings before the tide turned against the Cougars over the last two innings. Alabama plated 11 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to hand Houston their first run-rule loss of the season.
Kayla Holland scored Houston’s lone run after drawing a walk in the fourth inning. Back-to-back singles by Jaime Edwards and then Tiffani McKnight scored Holland to make the game 4-1 before the Tide erupted for eight runs in the fifth to secure their 17th win of the season and remain perfect (4-0) as the host of the Eason Crimson Classic.
Katie St. Pierre led the game with a single and extended her hitting streak to 13 games. It was the sixth time during the streak she had a hit during her first at bat but the steak would end the next game for the sophomore centerfielder.
HOUSTON 4, PURDUE 2 - Box Score
The Cougars rebounded after the Alabama loss posting a 4-2 win over Purdue to post the split decision on Saturday.
Houston never trailed in the game after getting ahead 1-0 in the second inning before the Boilermakers (5-11-1) tied the game in the fourth. The Cougars answered in the top of the sixth inning with a three-run rally giving them their final total of four runs.
Starting pitcher Summer Groholski picked up her fourth win of the year to improve to 4-1 on the season. The junior threw 5.2 innings allowing only one earned run before turning the ball over to Diedre Outon to close out the game. Outon picked up her first save of the season dealing 1.1 inning of hitless hurling.
Junior Tiffani McKnight was the first runner to cross the plate in the game scoring in the second inning off Diedre Outon’s single. McKnight reached base twice and scored both times she stepped on the basepaths and added a stolen base.
McKnight added the final run for the visiting Cougars when she scored in the sixth inning. Before McKnight came around to score, Houston started the inning with Haley Outon reaching second base on a Purdue error and advancing to third on Jaime Edwards single. Pinch runner Hayley Chamberlain came in to run for Edwards and put herself in a pickle allowing Outon to steal home on the double-steal.
Chamberlain and McKnight came around to score on Kris Davila’s one-out single giving Houston a 4-1 edge. Kendra Cullum took her fifth hit by a pitch on the season and 70th of her career following Davila’s key hit.
Purdue answered Houston’s rally during their next turn at bat scoring a run but that was all they could muster as Houston ended the threat and shutdown the Purdue offense in the seventh inning to post their first win of the tournament.
Houston concludes the Easton Crimson Classic on Sunday with a game against Purdue at 11 a.m.