March 8, 2006
WACO - The University of Houston softball team lost an 8-6 offensive shootout at No. 18 Baylor in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday at Getterman Stadium.
"We didn't capitalize on our opportunities and we made too many mistakes," head coach Kyla Holas said. "If you give a team more chances than you get, the law of averages has you on the short end."
The two teams combined for 14 runs and racked up 21 hits on the evening.
A pair of errors in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie allowing the Bears to grab a 4-1 advantage.
The Cougars charged right back scoring five runs to take a 6-4 lead sending 10 batters to the plate
Johnson trimmed the deficit down 4-3 with a two-run single, while pinch-hitter Laurie Wagner tied the game at 4-4 with a RBI-single of her own earlier in the inning.
The Bears responded in the home half of the sixth inning with a four-spot to retake the lead. Harmony Schwethelm opened the frame with a bunt-single. Candi Kloecker came into relieve Angel Shamblin but Bears relief pitcher Tessa Lynam tied the game two batters later at 6-6 with a two-run double.
Brett Reagan gave Baylor the lead for good on a fielder's choice, while Jordan Daniels' RBI-single capped the frame with the Bears ahead 8-6.
Lynam pitched the final 1.2 innings for Baylor in the circle to improve to 4-0, while Kloecker dropped to 7-4 on the season.
The Baylor bats opened the game collecting three hits in the first inning and grabbed a 1-0 lead on a Lynam RBI-single.
Houston responded right away as Laura Durham cranked her team-leading fourth home run of the season over the left field fence to even the score at 1-1.
Shamblin kept the game at 1-1 getting out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning. The Cougars finish its nine-game roadtrip 5-4.
Houston returns home to open Conference USA action this weekend against East Carolina with a Saturday double and a single-game Sunday.
"We have got to put these games behind us," Holas said. "Conference play is a different altogether, but I feel confident in what I've seen so far this season that we have a special team here. There are just a few minor things that we have to tinker with."
First pitch for both days against the Pirates in slated for 1pm at the Cougar Softball Stadium. UH students can see every pitch for free by showing their Cougar 1 Card at the gate. The two squads were picked 1-2 in the C-USA preseason poll.
Game Notes Houston finishes its season-long nine-game roadtrip 5-4 ... The Cougars drop to 3-6 all-time against Baylor and against Big XII opponents this season ... UH has lost all four meetings are 0-4 in games played at Getterman Stadium ... Head coach Kyla Holas used her 23rd different batting order in game two moving Angel Shamblin into the cleanup spot, while Haley Valis debuted in the No. 6 hole ... Laura Durham ripped her team-leading fourth home run of the season in the second inning en route to her sixth multi-hit game ... Durham took the RBI-lead with 18 from Elaina Nordstrom ... Three of UH's 10 homers have come on 1-1 counts ... Jessica Valis produced her team-best 34th hit with an infield single in the third inning ... 26 of Valis' team-leading 34 hits have not left the infield ... After being pinch-hit for by Laurie Wagner in the sixth, Valis reentered the game to score a run ... The Shiner, Texas product has scored a run in 15 of her last 22 games ... Elaina Nordstrom has reached base in 24 of 27 games registering a single in the first inning ... In a pinch-hitting role, Laurie Wagner knocked a RBI-single ... She has registered back-to-back hits after going 0-for-24 over an 11-game stretch ... Brooke Johnson platted two runs with a single during a five-run sixth inning ... Four of Johnson' five hits have produced runs for the Cougars ... Jamie Adams has scored a run in three of her last four appearances.