March 20, 2006
TULSA, Okla. - A seven-run fourth inning aided Tulsa past the University of Houston softball team 8-5 in a resumed Conference USA game Monday at the Donna J. Hardesty Softball Complex.
The two teams combined for 17 hits and each squad left 10 runners on base.
The Golden Hurricane (18-9, 5-0 C-USA) sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth using four Houston walks, an error and got a pair of clutch hits from Jessica Barr and Kelly Miller to turn a 2-1 deficit into an 8-2 advantage.
The seven runs given up in the frame match a season-high as the Cougars allowed a seven spot in the sixth inning at Texas A&M back on February 22.
Houston (20-12, 2-3 C-USA) rallied for three runs in fifth highlighted by Haley Valis' two-run home run to left centerfield. It was the first homer for Valis in her Cougar career. Brandi Clark added a RBI-double down the left field line to trim the deficit down to 8-5.
Game two of the weekend series was originally postponed Sunday due to rain and resumed in the top of the first inning with no outs in the frame. The Cougars had Katie Bush and Jessica Valis on first and second base when play resumed.
Elaina Nordstrom moved the runners into scoring position and Valis came around to score on a RBI-single from Laurie Wagner to give Houston the early 1-0 advantage.
The Golden Hurricane evened the score at 1-1 in the second inning as Julie Shafer knocked a two-out RBI-single.
Houston snatched the lead back in the third inning as Jaci Gonzalez led off the frame with a double to left-centerfield. After Bush reached on a walk and Nordstrom added an infield single the bases were full for Wagner, who drew a bases loaded pass giving the Cougars the lead.
The Cougars continue C-USA play with a three-game set at UCF (13-20, 0-6 C-USA) next weekend. Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's single-game have first pitch set for 12pm CST. All games in Orlando will have live stats on UHCougars.com.
Fans who have purchased the CSTV All-Access package can click on the listen live link on UHCougars.com to access a live web broadcast from the UCF ISP Sports Network.
Houston falls to 0-2 all-time against Tulsa and 5-3 against first-time opponents this season ... Today marked the first time that the Cougars have played a game on Monday in 2006 ... Houston has now played on all seven days of the week ... Head coach Kyla Holas has used 28 different batting lineups in 32 games ... Haley Valis made only her second appearance in the No. 5 slot, while Angel Shamblin was in the No. 6 hole for the third time ... The Cougars drop to 15-4 when outhitting its opponents ... Two of the four losses have come in this series ... It was the eighth time that Houston has racked up double-digit hits and the first time the Cougars have lost when tallying double-digit hits ... Houston also falls to 15-3 when scoring first and 5-2 when scoring in the first inning ... The seven runs allowed in the third inning matches a season-high ... Houston gave up seven runs in the sixth inning at Texas A&M back on February 22 ... Jessica Valis has drawn a walk in all five Conference USA games ... Valis has scored a run in 17 of her last 27 games ... With a single in the third inning, Elaina Nordstrom has reached base in 28 of 32 games ... Haley Valis knocked her first career home run in the fifth inning, a two-run blast to left centerfield ... It was Valis' first career multi-RBI game ... The Shiner, Texas native has notched a hit in eight of her last 11 appearances ... Only four of 16 homers for the Cougars this season have been multi-run homers ... Laurie Wagner picked up her eighth multi-hit game and her second multi-RBI game in her last four games ... Jaci Gonzalez tallied her first multi-hit game of the season ... It was Gonzalez's first multi-hit game since February 27, 2005 against Northern Illinois ... With three hits, Brandi Clark is now seven hits away from reaching 100 career hits ... The three hits for Clark were a season-high and matched a career-best ... The last time that Clark picked up three hits in a game was May 13, 2005 against USF ... Clark's RBI-double in the fifth put the Missouri City, Texas native four RBIs shy of 50 for her career.