March 20, 2013
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The University of Houston softball team dropped a 5-4 decision to Sam Houston State on Wednesday evening in Huntsville, Texas. The Cougars (16-9, 5-1) hit a season-high three home runs in the loss but gave up a late lead to the Bearkats (15-15).
All four of Houston's runs came via the long ball and Haley Outon put the Cougars on the scoreboard first with her two-run shot in the first inning. Outon's team-leading seventh home run of the year scored Kendra Cullum, who reached base three times in the game including a hit, walk and hit by the pitch.
Sam Houston knotted the game up at 2-2 in the second inning off a Tiffany Castillo two-run homer.
Senior Holly Anderson immediately answered the Castillo homer by hitting the first pitch of the third inning for her third home run of the year, regaining the lead for UH 3-2.
Jennifer Hooker added another solo home run for her first bomb of the year to put Houston on top 4-2 in the fourth inning.
The Bearkats scored two runs in the sixth inning to earn the 5-4 win over UH. Bailey Watts entered the game in relief for Summer Groholski (5-3), who took the loss for the Cougars. Watts surrendered a hit scoring her inherited runner before righting the ship and getting Houston out of the inning. It was the first time this year the Houston pitchers were unable to record a strikeout.
Scoring chances were there for Houston down the stretch but Houston left five runners on base over the last three innings and batted into two double plays the last two innings. Freshman Katie St. Pierre was thrown out at home when trying to tag on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning that would have given Houston a valuable insurance run at that point and Haley Outon was doubled off in the seventh off a line drive shot by Taylor Duplechain.
Houston heads to East Carolina to take on the Pirates in a Conference USA series this weekend.