Houston Drops Two on Saturday

March 10, 2018

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HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Softball team fell 5-4 to Northwestern and 4-1 to Iowa State on Saturday at Cougar Softball Stadium as part of the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic.

With the decisions, the Cougars fall to 13-7 overall, while the Wildcats and Cyclones improve to 14-8 and 12-12, respectively.

In the circle, sophomore Trystan Melancon (4-3) and junior Presley Bell (2-2) each suffered losses. Melancon surrendered five runs (three earned) across seven innings against Northwestern. Against ISU, Bell was tagged for four runs (one earned) across four innings before junior Savannah Heebner tossed the final three frames, allowing just one hit.

Against the Wildcats, junior left fielder Kaylin Crumpton and sophomore third baseman Sarah Queen hit back-to-back home runs, the first time the Cougars have accomplished the feat since teammates Mariah Garcia and Arielle James did so against Texas Southern on March 11, 2017. Queen, who hit two homers in the game, recorded the first multi-home run performance for the Cougars since Heebner hit two against UConn on April 9, 2017.

3rd | The Wildcats plated one run on an error in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead.

4th | In the fourth, Northwestern added three runs via a two-run home run and an error. However, Queen responded with a leadoff homer in the bottom frame to make it 4-1.

5th | With one out in the fifth, freshman Charese Wyatt drew a pinch-hit walk. Crumpton and Queen each followed with blasts to left field to tie the game at 4-4.

7th | The Wildcats hit a solo home run in the seventh for the 5-4 final.

Top Offensive Players:
Sarah Queen | 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Mariah Garcia | 2-3
Kaylin Crumpton | 1-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2

Pitching Breakdown:
Trystan Melancon (L, 4-3) | 7. 0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

1st | After junior right fielder Maya Thomas (hit by pitch) and Queen (walk) each reached with a free pass, redshirt junior designated player Sarah Barker gave Houston a 1-0 lead with a two-out, RBI single into the left-center gap in the bottom of the first.

3rd | The Cyclones plated one unearned run on the top of the third to tie the game at 1-1.

4th | ISU added three runs (one earned) in the fourth for the 4-1 final.

Top Offensive Players:
Savannah Heebner | 1-2
Sarah Barker | 1-3, RBI

Pitching Breakdown:
Presley Bell (L, 2-2) | 4,0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Savannah Heebner | 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

The Houston Hilton Plaza Classic concludes with three games on Sunday. Houston will face Penn State in the tournament finale at 2 p.m.

Sunday’s Schedule:
• 9 a.m. | Lipscomb vs. Northwestern
• 11:30 a.m. | Iowa State vs. Penn State
2 p.m. | Penn 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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