Softball Gets Swept in Doubleheader at Louisiana-Lafayette
March 30, 2010
HOUSTON – The University of Houston softball team dropped both games of the Louisiana-Lafayette doubleheader in a combined 10-0 shutout at Lamson Park Tuesday. Houston falls to 18-16 (5-4 Conference USA) on the season as ULL improves to a 21-11 (3-0 Sun Belt) record.
ULL 6, Houston 0
Melissa Gregson recorded the first hit of the game with a single down the right line. With two outs already on the board, she was left stranded when Reina Gaber struck out swinging to end the visitor’s half of the first inning.
The Ragin’ Cajuns threatened in the bottom of the frame when Erikka Murphy singled to third base, stole second and advanced to third on Vallie Gaspard’s sacrifice bunt. After Melissa Verde walked, Courtney Trahan came in to pinch run. The Cougars picked Murphy off at third as Trahan stole second. Houston retired Gabriele Bridges on the next at bat to end the scoring threat.
ULL scored their first run in the second inning after Bailey Watts walked in a run. The freshman pitcher pulled through as she retired the next two batters, fanning the first.
Ashleigh Jones came close to scoring in the third after she singled to shortstop to get on base. The freshman advanced to second when Mary Tyler Dobson grounded out to the pitcher. She nearly made it safely to home off Gregson’s single to right field but was thrown out at the plate.
The Ragin’ Cajuns extended their lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring four runs on four hits. They scored their final run in the sixth when Murphy singled, advanced to second on a ground out and then to third courtesy of Verde’s hit. The left fielder made it home on a wild pitch to score the final run of the game.
Watts (9-6) received the loss after allowing six runs off eight hits, walking eight batters and fanning six.
ULL 4, Houston 0
Gabriele Bridges hit a three-run homer to left-center field to begin the game for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Angela Spittler made an impressive diving catch on the next at bat to retire Lana Bowers for the second out. After walking Sarah Draheim, Bailey Lott pulled through with a strikeout to end the first inning.
Jennifer Klinkert led off the third with a base hit but was thrown out at second as Katy Beth Sherman reached on a fielder’s choice. ULL retired Houston with a double play, catching a line drive by Holly Anderson and tagging Sherman out at first.
The Cougars had the opportunity to get on the board in the fifth inning. Angela Spittler singled to third base and, after back-to-back walks by Sherman and Anderson, Houston loaded the bases. Unfortunately, their scoring threat ended when Ashleigh Jones grounded out to the pitcher.
ULL put up another run in the fifth to extend the lead to 4-0. Lana Bowers reached second on an error by Brooke Lathan and advanced to third on a passed ball. Courtney Trahan came in to finish the job as a pinch runner and scored on a single by Nerissa Myers.
Donna Bourgeois struck out the side to begin the sixth inning, sending each Cougar to the dugout swinging. Houston followed with a quick three up and three down.
Houston’s last hope to break the shutout came in the seventh inning when Klinkert hit a single to right field. With two outs, her chance was cut short when Sherman grounded out to third base to end the game.
Lott (3-3) took the loss after giving up four runs on five hits, walking five batters and striking out three.
The last time the Cougars were shutout in consecutive games was in an away doubleheader against ULL on April 18, 2007, falling to a combined score of 19-0. The last time Houston was swept in a non-conference doubleheader was against Texas A&M on May 20, 2007.
The Cougars travel to Birmingham, Ala., for a conference series against UAB on April 2-3. First pitch is scheduled for 3 and 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.