March 7, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. - The University of Houston Softball team fell 5-1 to Texas during its opening game of the Judi Garman Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton on Thursday evening. Houston is now 10-8 on the season while Texas improved to 14-9.
The Cougars had a chance to tie the game after Texas seized a 1-0 lead during the second inning. Batting from the leadoff spot for the first time this season, Selena Hernandez found her way to first off a hit by the pitch. The shortstop moved onto second and then attempted to score when Haley Outon laced a single through the right side of the infield but Hernandez was thrown out at home to end the inning.
Texas added a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to push their lead to 3-0 and added two more insurance runs in the sixth to secure their run total.
Houston’s lone run came as Diedre Outon led off the top of the seventh with a double to left center field before being pinch ran for by Hayley Chamberlain. The next batter, Kris Davila, a single up the middle to score the Camarillo, Calif. native and put the Cougars on the scoreboard.
The Longhorns had four extra base hits in the game with two of their doubles barely even leaving the infield. A diving effort by Kendra Cullum went for naught as the left fielder made a play on a fly ball just outside the infield dirt. Another diving effort at second base by Kayla Holland saw the ball ricochet off her glove and head towards the foul territory. Both doubles led to runs for UT.
Julana Shrum (2-3) threw the complete game for Houston allowing four earned runs in her effort. Texas’ Tiarra Davis improved to 4-5 on the year with the win.
Houston faces Long Beach State at noon and takes on No. 5/4 Michigan immediately following that contest.