Houston Downs SFA, 5-1

March 2, 2018

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HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Softball team downed Stephen F. Austin, 5-1, on Friday night at Cougar Softball Stadium as part of the Houston Red & White Showcase.

With the win, the Cougars improve to 9-4 overall and 5-0 at home, while the Ladyjacks fall to 8-7 on the season.

In the circle, junior Savannah Heebner improved to 5-1. The native of Sedalia, Colo., limited SFA to one run on four hits, while walking none and striking out two in a complete-game effort, her team-leading fifth of the season.

Sophomore infielders Sarah Queen and Arielle James led the offense with 2-for-3 efforts, respectively. Queen finished with one RBI, coming on a double in the bottom of the first inning, and one run scored, while James scored twice and added a hit by pitch.

1st | With two outs in the bottom of the first, Queen plated James, who led off with a hit by pitch, on a double to left field for an early 1-0 lead.

3rd | Houston broke out for four runs in the third. James singled up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch to open the bottom frame. With one out, redshirt junior Sarah Barker walked and Queen followed with a single to right field, where a fielding error allowed James to score. After senior left fielder Kaylin Crumpton singled to the pitcher, the Cougars traded an out, off the bat of freshman first baseman Tierrah Williams, for a run. Houston later added two more runs on a wild pitch and RBI single from sophomore center fielder Lindsey Stewart for a 5-0 lead.

7th | SFA got on the board with a solo home run in the seventh for the 5-1 final.

Top Offensive Players:
Sarah Queen | 2-3, 2B, RBI, R
Arielle James | 2-3, 2 R, HBP
Lindsey Stewart | 1-2, RBI
Kaylin Crumpton | 1-2, R

Pitching Breakdown:
Savannah Heebner (W, 5-1) | 7.0 IP, CG, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

The Houston Red & White Showcase continues with four games on Saturday. Houston will face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 3 p.m. before seeing SFA at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday's Schedule:
• 10 a.m. | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Mississippi Valley State
• 12:30 p.m. | Stephen F. Austin vs. Mississippi Valley State
3 p.m. | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Houston
5:30 p.m. | Stephen F. Austin at Houston
Tournament Central

Thanks to a record year for the Diamond Club, Houston Softball announced the addition of an LED, Daktronics video board (completed) and indoor practice facility as major upgrades to Cougar Softball Stadium.

According to Daktronics, the new outfield video board will be the fifth largest at an on-campus softball stadium in the country and the largest in the state of Texas. The board, which will sit just beyond the left-field wall, will stand 29-feet-3.1-inches tall and measure 24-feet-4.0-inches wide with 576 square feet of space (24-feet by 24-feet) for live video, instant replays, statistics and scoring information, graphics and animations, and sponsor messages. The display features a 13HD pixel layout for crisp, clear imagery for a great view from every seat at the stadium.

The indoor facility, which will replace the current batting cage down the right-field line, will measure 70-feet by 80-feet. The 5,600-square-foot space will feature five batting cages, measuring 60-feet long by 15-feet wide each, with retractable nets for the space to be used in a variety of ways. The facility will have a synthetic turf floor and will be temperature controlled.

In total, the two capital projects represent $1.2 million in upgrades.

The Houston Athletics Ticket Office is once again proud to offer the Shasta Pass for the 2017-18 season. For just $80, Cougar fans can purchase one Shasta Pass, which allows season-long general admission entrance to all Houston Volleyball, Soccer, Women's Basketball and Softball home games.

The Shasta Pass offers Houston fans a substantial saving as single-game tickets start at $5 for all four sports. To purchase a Shasta Pass, call 713-GO-COOGS or CLICK HERE.

Follow Houston Softball on Twitter and Instagram at UHCougarSB, and "Like" UHCougarSB on Facebook.

Fans can help support the Houston Softball program by joining the Diamond Club. To find out more information about the Diamond Club, visit UHCougars.com or call Cougar Pride at (713) 743-GoUH. For more information, CLICK HERE.



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