March 3, 2006
AUSTIN - The University of Houston softball team opened the Time Warner Texas Invitational Friday afternoon with a 5-0 victory over Texas A&M Corpus-Christi at McCombs Field.
It was the third time that Houston has defeated the Islanders this season and is the 175h career victory for head coach Kyla Holas.
The Cougars opened the scoring as Durham cranked a RBI-double in the second inning to score Clark.
Clark pushed the advantage to 2-0 opening the fourth inning with a solo home run down the left field line. Angel Shamblin scored from third base in a rundown to conclude the fourth when Jessica Valis was caught stealing second base.
Jessica Valis put Houston ahead 5-0 driving home two runs with a double to left field in the sixth inning.
Houston continues the Time Warner Texas Invitational against Ole Miss. First pitch against the Rebels is set for 2pm. Live stats are available by clicking on the link on the homepage of UHCougars.com
Houston improves to 8-5 all-time against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi and 5-3 against opponents from the Lone Star State ... It was the third time that Houston has defeated the Islanders this season ... The Cougars defeated Charlotte, St. Louis, Southern Miss and Sam Houston State three times in 2005 .... Head coach Kyla Holas picked up her 175th career win ... Holas also used her 17th different batting order in 19 games this season ... Christa Raley made her third start of the season at catcher ... She is the only Cougar to start in three different positions ... Houston improves to 10-2 when scoring first ... Elaina Nordstrom streak of reaching base was snapped at 18 consecutive games ... Laura Durham picked up her team-leading 14th RBI in the second inning ... Jessica Valis picked up her team-leading ninth stolen base in the first inning ... With two hits, Brandi Clark is now 14 hits away from totaling 100 career hits ... It was Clark's first multi-hit game of the season ... She is also nine RBIs shy of reaching 50 career RBIs ... The home run for Clark was the 12th of her Cougar career ... She is now four homers shy of tying Michelle Keith for No. 5 of the all-time list ... Haley Valis picked up her second career hit with a single to start the fifth inning ... With a double in the sixth, Jessica Valis is the first Cougar to 25 hits ... It was only the fifth hit on the season for Valis to be an outfield hit.