March 10, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Houston softball team completed their three game sweep of Southern Miss by winning 10-2 in six innings on Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss. Houston scored runs in four consecutive innings and got a solid relief outing from junior pitcher Diedre Outon to come from behind and complete the three-game sweep and improve to 3-0 in Conference USA play this year.
Houston fell behind early in the ballgame after Southern Miss loaded the bases in the first inning. After a throwing error allowed one run to score, USM's catcher McKenzie Sher singled and drove in another.
The Golden Eagles looked as if they were ready to strike for more in the second inning when they loaded the bases again with two outs. However, Outon got a line out to center field and the momentum seemed to sway in favor of the Cougars.
The Cougars would come back to tie things up in the top half of the third inning after Reina Gaber drew a two-out walk. On the very next pitch, junior catcher Haley Outon helped her twin-sister out and drove a ball deep to left for a two-run home run.
From there Houston would go on to score in four consecutive innings. The Cougars took the lead in the fourth inning on back-to-back doubles by Julia Pecina and Kayla Holland to lead off the inning. Holland would later score on an error at third base and Houston lead 4-2 heading to the fifth.
Meanwhile, on the mound for Houston, Outon had settled into her groove. The junior pitcher retired five straight batters in the fourth and fifth innings and would pitch out of a jam in the sixth inning to record her first victory of the season.
After adding another run in the fifth inning, The Houston bats came to life in the sixth, exploding for five runs on five hits. The Cougars got three consecutive singles to start the inning from Diedre Outon, Katie St. Pierre and Holly Anderson, who finished the weekend with six hits and four RBI. After a walk to Kendra Cullum reloaded the bases, Gaber drove in two more with a single, and when it was all said and done the Cougars led 10-2.
The three-game sweep for Houston extends their winning streak against Southern Miss to 13 consecutive games dating back to the 2009 Conference USA tournament.
Houston returns home to take on Purdue in the Striking Out Breast Cancer Game on March 16 at 6:30 p.m.