March 26, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Houston softball team scored a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings en route to a 4-0 win over UCF in the final game of a weekend series Sunday at the UCF Softball Stadium.
Houston (24-12, 6-3 C-USA) completes a weekend sweep over UCF (13-23, 0-9 C-USA) and moves into sole possession of fourth place in the Conference USA standings. The Golden Knights have now lost a program-worst 12 consecutive games.
"This is the kind of result that we were looking for this weekend," head coach Kyla Holas said. "I'm proud of the team for staying patient with the game plan on offense."
On a 2-2 pitch, Durham hit a chopper to UCF shortstop Amber Lamb who misplayed the ball off of her glove allowing Shamblin to cross the plate giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
Jamie Adams stretched the advantage to 2-0 knocking a single up-the-middle completing a career-best 3-for-3 afternoon.
"Jamie has really been hot lately at the plate," Holas said. "She just hasn't had a lot of opportunities recently. I had a feeling to go with her today and she stepped up in a big way."
The Cougars tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh as Elaina Nordstrom added a sacrifice fly, and Wagner knocked a RBI-single for the final margin of 4-0.
In the circle, Houston rode 5.1 shutout innings from Carla Kennimer. The southpaw surrendered only one hit, while picking up three strikeouts.
Shamblin added her first save of the season firing 1.2 innings of flawless relief punching out four of the five batters she faced. She also matched a career-high going 3-for-3 at the plate.
"Angel just continues to blow away the opposition in the circle with every opportunity she gets," Holas said. "She's emerged as the No. 1 pitcher. I'm really happy to be getting consistency from her both on offense and in the circle."
The game stayed scoreless into the sixth inning, but both teams narrowly missed on scoring chances early in the contest.
In the first inning, Katie Bush was thrown out at the plate by UCF centerfielder Kacie Feaster attempting to score from second base on a Shamblin single.
UCF right fielder Brittany Walters missed a two-run home run by a matter of inches in the second inning as the ball hooked foul down the right field line.
Houston returns to the friendly confines of the Cougar Softball Stadium facing off against UTEP for a weekend series. The two teams will begin the weekend with a Saturday doubleheader followed by a Sunday single-game.
"The team is looking forward to returning home after spending the last two weekends on the road," Holas said. "At this point, we can't afford to overlook anyone since each game is so significant in conference play."
First pitch against the Miners on both days is on-tap for 1pm. UH students receive free admission to all home games by showing their Cougar 1 Card.
Houston improves to 3-0 all-time against UCF and picks up its first Conference USA three-game sweep of the season ... The Cougars have now registered nine C-USA sweeps in program history ... Houston has won nine of 12 games against first-time opponents and are 13-6 all-time in games played in the Sunshine State ... The Cougars are 19-3 when scoring first and are 74-20 over the last three seasons when putting the first dent on the scoreboard ... Head coach Kyla Holas used her 31st different batting lineup in 36 games ... Holas is now 15 wins away from reaching 200 career victories ... Angel Shamblin made her second appearance in the cleanup spot, while Haley Valis was in the No. 5 hole for the third time this season ... On offense, Shamblin matched a career-best with three hits ... The Davie, Fla. native has reached that feat four times this season and is one of only three Cougars with over 35 hits ... Shamblin also picked up her first save of the season throwing 1.2 innings of shutout relief ... She struck out four of the five batters she faced and is now 12 Ks away from reaching the 200-mark for her career ... Shamblin was the sixth Cougar to draw double-digit walks ... Elaina Nordstrom had her 10-game hitting streak snapped ... Nordstrom still picked up her team-leading 26th RBI with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning ... The LaPalma, Calif. native has driven home a run in her last four games ... Jamie Adams set a new career-high with three hits adding her fourth multi-hit game ... Adams has hit safely in three consecutive appearances and in four of her last five games ... Carla Kennimer has won her last four starts in the circle ... She has allowed only five hits in her last three starts ... Kennimer is only two wins shy of becoming the fourth pitcher in Cougar history to reach 25 career wins.