Houston Falls to Lipscomb in Extras

March 9, 2018

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HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Softball team fell 3-2 in nine innings in a pitcher's duel to Lipscomb on Friday night at Cougar Softball Stadium as part of the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic.

With the decision, the Cougars fall to 13-5 overall, while the Lady Bisons improve to 12-5.

In the circle, junior Savannah Heebner fell to 7-2. The native of Sedalia, Colo., held Lipscomb to just four hits across a career-high nine innings pitched. Heebner allowed three runs (one earned) while walking one and striking out nine.

Sophomore second baseman Arielle James finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Junior right fielder Maya Thomas and sophomore third baseman Sarah Queen each finished 1-for-4, respectively. Thomas added a run scored, coming home on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth inning.

8th | With international tiebreaker in effect, the Lady Bisons plated one run on a throwing error in the top of the eighth to score the first run of the game. In the bottom frame, Houston answered with a run of its own to keep the game alive. With senior shortstop Maria Garcia placed on second, junior catcher Brooke Vannoy advanced her to third with a sacrifice bunt before James delivered her with a two-out single to center field.

9th | In the ninth, Lipscomb hit a two-run home run to take a 3-1 advantage, and Thomas scored on a passed ball in the bottom frame for the 3-2 final.

Top Offensive Players:
Arielle James | 2-4, RBI
Maya Thomas | 1-4, R
Sarah Queen | 1-4

Pitching Breakdown:
Savannah Heebner (L, 7-2) | 9.0 IP, CG, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

The Houston Hilton Plaza Classic continues with five games on Saturday. Houston will face Northwestern at 4:30 p.m. before seeing Iowa State in the nightcap at 7 p.m.

Saturday's Schedule:
• 9 a.m. | Penn State vs. Lipscomb
• 11:30 a.m. | Northwestern vs. Penn State
• 2 p.m. | Iowa State vs. Lipscomb
4:30 p.m. | Northwestern at Houston
7 p.m. | Iowa State 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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