March 27, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team fell 6-3 to No. 4 Alabama in front of a Cougar Softball record crowd of 1,793 on Wednesday evening. Houston (19-10) kept up with the defending national champions tied at 3-3 before the Crimson Tide pulled away to improve to 30-4 on the year.
Alabama gained the quick lead in the first inning with a three run outburst. Jackie Traina's hit her first of two two-run homers to make it 3-0.
Reina Gaber drew a bases-loaded walk and Taylor Duplechain's grounder yielded an error to even the score 3-3. Alabama's Leslie Jury (10-2) came in relief for Lauren Sewell during the second inning and held Houston scoreless the rest of the way.
Houston managed four hits but still stranded 10 runners on base in the game, including leaving the bases loaded in the first two innings. Seven walks were issued in the game to UH including five in the first two innings.
In the circle for Houston, starter Bailey Watts went the distance with three strikeouts to fall to 11-3 on the year.
Alabama regained the lead in the fifth inning with a run before Traina's second home run set the final score 6-3.
Houston travels to BYU to take on the Cougars this weekend. Friday's game is set for a 7 p.m. (CST) with Saturday's doubleheader starting at 2 p.m., both games on Saturday can be seen on BYUtv.