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Houston Shuts Out Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, SFA

March 3, 2018

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HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Softball team posted a pair of shutouts in the Houston Red & White Showcase, defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6-0, and Stephen F. Austin, 3-0, on Saturday night at Cougar Softball Stadium.

With the wins, the Cougars improve to 11-4 overall, while the Islanders and Ladyjacks fall to 7-12 and 8-9, respectively. Houston also moves to 7-0 at Cougar Softball Stadium, the program’s best home start since the 2012 squad started 6-0.

In the circle, junior Presley Bell (2-1) and sophomore Trystan Melancon (4-2) each tossed complete-game shutouts. Facing TAMU-CC, Bell carried a perfect game into the top of the sixth inning and ended the game allowing just two hits while striking out a career-high six batters and issuing no walks. Against SFA, Melancon scattered three hits and five walks while fanning a career-high 10 batters.

Junior right fielder Maya Thomas led the offense with four hits between the two games.

In total, Cougars Sarah Queen, Aspen Howie and Arielle James all homered.


HOUSTON 6, TAMU-CC 0
KEY INNINGS

2nd | Houston utilized small-ball tactics to get on the board in the bottom of the second. After senior left fielder Kaylin Crumpton led off with a single through the right side of the infield, she went first to third on a sacrifice bunt from freshman first baseman Tierrah Williams and scored on a sacrifice fly from senior shortstop Maria Garcia.

5th | In the fifth, Thomas and Howie each singled to open the bottom frame before Queen cleared the bases with a home run over the left-center wall to make it 4-0 in favor of Houston.

6th | In the sixth, after another Thomas single, Howie recorded the first long ball of her career with a blast off the video board in left field for the 6-0 final.


HOUSTON NOTES
Top Offensive Players:
Maya Thomas | 3-4, 2 R
Aspen Howie | 2-2, HR. 2 RBI. R
Kaylin Crumpton | 2-3, R
Sarah Queen | 1-4, 2 RBI, R

Pitching Breakdown:
Presley Bell (W, 2-1) | 7.0 IP, CG, SHO, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K


HOUSTON 3, SFA 0
KEY INNINGS

3rd | James gave Houston a 1-0 lead with a leadoff home run off the video board in the bottom of the third.

4th | In the fourth, the Cougars tacked on two more runs. After junior catcher Brooke Vannoy drew a leadoff walk, an error on the next play allowed her to come around and score and put sophomore center fielder Lindsey Stewart on third base. In the next at bat, Stewart scored on a groundout for 3-0 final.


HOUSTON NOTES
Top Offensive Players:
Arielle James | 1-2, HR, RBI, R
Sarah Queen | 1-2
Maya Thomas | 1-3, RBI
Kaylin Crumpton | 1-3
Aspen Howie | 1-3

Pitching Breakdown:
Trystan Melancon (W, 4-2) | 7.0 IP, CG, SHO, 3 H, 5 BB, 10 K


ON DECK
The Houston Red & White Showcase concludes with three games on Sunday, and the Cougars are set to face TAMU-CC in the tournament finale at 3 p.m.

Sunday’s Schedule:
• 10 a.m. | Stephen F. Austin vs. Southern
• 12:30 p.m. | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Southern
• 3 p.m. | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Houston
Tournament Central


COUGAR SOFTBALL STADIUM UPGRADES
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.


SHASTA PASS
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.


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JOIN DIAMOND CLUB
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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