HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Softball shutout Penn State, 3-0, in the finale of the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic on Sunday afternoon at Cougar Softball Stadium.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 14-7 overall, while the Nittany Lions fall to 1-17.
In the circle, junior Savannah Heebner improved to 8-2. The native of Sedalia, Colo., held PSU to one hit while walking none and striking out four in her fourth shutout of the season and 13th overall of her career. The one-hitter is the second for Heebner on the week, also doing so in a 2-0 shutout at Texas Southern on Wednesday. In both outings, Heebner carried a perfect game through five and two-third innings.
Sophomore second baseman Arielle James finished 1-for-3 with a two-RBI single. Junior right fielder Maya Thomas went 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored, while teammates Heebner, Kelli Montgomery and Brooke Vannoy all doubled, respectively, as seventh Cougars recorded a hit.
2nd | In the bottom of the second, Thomas led off with a single down the left-field line and Heebner followed with a double off the left-center wall to put two in scoring position. With two outs, James delivered both with a single to left center for a 2-0 lead.
3rd | In the third, sophomore third baseman Sarah Queen reached on an error and advanced to second on a wild pitch before consecutive groundouts brought her around for the 3-0 final.
Top Offensive Players:
Arielle James | 1-3, 2 RBI
Maya Thomas | 1-3, RBI, R
Savannah Heebner | 1-3, 2B
Kelli Montgomery | 1-3, 2B
Brooke Vannoy | 1-3, 2B
Sarah Barker | 1-3
Kaylin Crumpton | 1-3
Savannah Heebner (W, 8-2) | 7.0 IP, CG, SHO, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
The Cougars will make a Tuesday trip out to No. 25/-- McNeese. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
COUGAR SOFTBALL STADIUM UPGRADES
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.
JOIN DIAMOND CLUB
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.