Softball Stunned by UTEP
April 2, 2006
HOUSTON - A late-inning comeback capped by a two-run home run by Sarah Ramirez in the seventh inning pushed UTEP past the University of Houston softball team 4-3 in the rubber game of a Conference USA weekend series Sunday at the Cougar Softball Stadium.
It was the first time in 25 decisions that Houston lost when carrying a lead into the seventh inning. The last time the Cougars lost when leading in the seventh was a year ago today at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
"The biggest thing that we're fighting for right now is to make the conference tournament," head coach Kyla Holas said. "Our offense has been shutting down recently after scoring runs. We have to make sure that we continue to apply pressure on offense."
Amber Bennent opened the seventh reaching on a throwing error by Houston third baseman Laura Durham. Ramirez took the first pitch from Cougar starter Candi Kloecker over the left centerfield fence giving the Miners a 4-3 lead.
UTEP (14-23, 3-5 C-USA) began its rally in the sixth inning as pinch-hitter Megan Whiteaker knocked a two-out RBI-single cutting the Houston advantage to 3-2.
The Cougars (25-14, 7-5 C-USA) turned a 1-0 deficit scoring three runs in the third inning stringing together four consecutive hits.
Jaci Gonzalez and Jessica Valis singled, while Bush brought Gonzalez home tying the score at 1-1 on a single to left field. Elaina Nordstrom slapped a RBI-double into the left centerfield gap to score Valis giving Houston a 2-1 lead.
Laurie Wagner capped the scoring on a sacrifice fly to plate Bush making it 3-1, but Nordstrom was called out at third base trying to advance on the Wagner sacrifice fly.
The Miners opened the scoring in the second inning as Ashley Perez hit a solo home run to right centerfield.
Houston returns to the diamond with a pair of mid-weeks doubleheaders at Texas-San Antonio and Texas State. First pitch at UTSA is on-tap for 1pm Tuesday.