March 23, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The University of Houston softball team improved to 18-9 and 7-1 in Conference USA play with a doubleheader sweep over ECU Saturday afternoon. Houston sailed past the Pirates of ECU (9-19, 1-4) taking the first game 7-2 and behind Diedre Outon's two-hit shutout performance won the second game 2-0.
GAME 1 - Houston 7, ECU 2
Houston used 11 hits to dispatch the Pirates and every position starter reached base safely in Houston's 7-2 win.
Jaime Edwards hit a double down the right field line for her first hit of the year and added another double later in the game to give the Cougars five in the game. Her first hit scored Taylor Duplechain to put Houston up 1-0 in the second inning.
ECU answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the second by Jordan Lewis' solo home run to left field. The game would remained tied for the next two innings before the Cougars broke the game open in the fifth inning with a four-run outburst, all coming unearned with two outs.
Kendra Cullum started the rally with her third hit of the day, reaching safely on a single. After Reina Gaber reached on an error, Haley Outon stepped up to the plate and grounded out to short to score Cullum and give the Cougars the lead back, 2-1. Taylor Duplechain was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game after Outon and Kayla Holland and Julia Pecina both delivered singles to make the score 5-1.
Houston tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning off back-to-back doubles by Reina Gaber and Haley Outon. Gaber's double scored Cullum who slid into home, beating the relay throw from the outfield.
Cullum had to leave the game after the play, which forced head coach Kyla Holas to move third baseman Holly Anderson over to her position at shortstop. Anderson made a great play on a line drive on the first pitch at her new position, her third infield defensive position of the year.
Bailey Watts improved to 10-2 and won her sixth consecutive start. The junior threw three strikeouts and allowed six hits in her winning effort.
GAME 2 - HOUSTON 2, ECU 0
Diedre Outon threw a two-hit shutout to guide Houston to a 2-0 win over ECU in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. Outon had four strikeouts in the game including striking out the side in the sixth inning to improve to 2-3 on the season.
Houston gained the lead quickly as Kayla Holland led off the second inning with a single. Moving around to second on a force out, Holland found herself in scoring position with two outs. Freshman Katie St. Pierre extended her hitting streak to 13 games in her first at bat as she scored Kayla Holland to give UH the 1-0 in the second inning. The 13-game streak is the longest of the season for a Houston batter.
Houston added an insurance run in the next inning with Kendra Cullum drawing a walk and coming around to score on Jaime Edwards' infield single to extend the lead 2-0.
The Pirates only put one runner past first base and that occurred in the second inning. After getting out of the threat then, ECU left only had two more base runners at all as Outon and the defense kept them clear.
Due to the threat of inclement weather tomorrow, Houston and ECU have adjusted their schedule to play the get-away-game at 8 a.m. (CST).