March 24, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team won the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Marshall 5-1. The Cougars piled up four runs in the sixth inning to break the tie and claim their sixth straight win.
Houston scored first as Jamie Edwards ripped a single to left field in the third inning and stole second base to get into scoring position with two outs. The aggressive base running paid off as Edwards' second steal of the year lead to a run as Jennifer Klinkert knocked her in with her team-leading ninth double of the year.
Bailey Watts controlled the circle for Houston and improved to 8-4 on the year with her fifth-straight win in as many decisions. Watts threw a complete game allowing only one run with six strikeouts.
Watts ran into some trouble in sixth as she faced bases loaded with only one out. A single off the left field fence scored a run but a quick relay throw between Melissa Gregson and Kendra Cullum prevented a second run from reaching across the plate.
Haley Outon then threw a runner out at second base on the same play to get the Cougars out of the jam as Memphis tied the game up 1-1.
Houston responded in the bottom of the inning by scoring four runs to put the game out of reach.
Cullum, Reina Gaber and Ashleigh Jones hit consecutive singles to leave the bases loaded for Holly Anderson. Anderson hit a single to shallow left field as Cullum and pinch runner Julia Pecina raced around to score. Haley Outon hit a line drive off the fence to push Anderson and Jones across the plate and made it 5-1.