April 4, 2006
SAN ANTONIO - Amanda Horton knocked a two-run home run to complete a three-run fifth inning as Texas-San Antonio came back to defeat the University of Houston softball team 3-2 Tuesday afternoon in game one of a non-conference doubleheader at Roadrunner Field.
The Roadrunners (17-11) turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 advantage scoring three-runs in the fifth inning capped by the Horton two-run homer off the left-centerfield scoreboard. UTSA got on the board earlier in the frame as Aimee Murray knocked a RBI-double.
Houston (25-15) tried to rally in the sixth and seventh innings but left runners in scoring position in both frames. The Cougars ultimately would leave nine runners on-base on the afternoon.
Candi Kloecker was tagged with the loss and fell to 8-8. The junior right-hander threw 4.2 innings allowing three runs on four hits. Ursula Mares went the distance for the Roadrunners striking out seven, while giving up seven giving up two runs.
On offense, Katie Bush led the way for the Cougars matching a career-best three hits for the third time this season. The Brenham, Texas product went 3-for-4 with a trio of singles.
The Cougars struck first in the third inning as Jaci Gonzalez drew a lead-off walk. Jessica Valis and Katie Bush dropped a pair of perfect bunts right in front of the plate to load the bases, while Elaina Nordstrom platted Gonzalez on a sacrifice fly to left field giving Houston a 1-0 advantage.
Texas-San Antonio threatened in the home half of the inning loading the bases with one out, but Kloecker made back-to-back strong defensive plays from the circle protecting the 1-0 lead.
Laura Durham used that defensive momentum and opened the fourth inning by cranking her team-best seventh home run of the season pushing the Cougars ahead 2-0.
Game two of the twinbill with UTSA will get underway at approximately 3:30pm. Live stats are available by clicking on the Gametracker link on the homepage of UHCougars.com
This afternoon's meeting with Texas-San Antonio is the first non-conference game for the Cougars since March 8 against then-No. 18 Baylor ... Houston is now 18-10 in non-conference contests and 5-4 all-time against UTSA ... The Roadrunners have won two straight games in the series ... Head coach Kyla Holas has used a different batting lineup in 35 of 40 games this season ... Angel Shamblin moved to the No. 5 spot for eighth time, while Christa Raley returned to the No. 7 slot for the first time in nine games ... Holas has used a different batting order in 15 of her last 16 games ... It was only the fourth time in 24 games this season that the Cougars have scored first and lost ... Houston also drops to 18-6 when outhitting its opponent ... Katie Bush extended her hitting streak to a team-best five games with a single in the first inning ... Bush added her seventh multi-hit game of the season ... It was her first multi-hit output since the final game of the Crowne Plaza Classic against Wichita State on February 26 ... She matched her career-best with three hits for the third time this season ... Elaina Nordstrom has reached base in 35 of 40 games this season ... Nordstrom has drawn a walk in five of last seven games ... She picked up her team-best 29 RBI with a sacrifice fly in the third inning ... The LaPalma, Calif. native has added a RBI in seven of her last eight games and hit safely in 13 of her last 16 outings... Jaci Gonzalez has reached base in 15 of 23 games when in the batting lineup ... Laura Durham cranked her team-leading seventh home run in the fourth inning ... 16 of the 20, including 12 of the last 13 home runs for Houston have been solo homers ... The Cougars are 12-6 when hitting a long ball ... Jessica Valis took the team-lead with 43 hits with a bunt single in the third inning ... 30 of Valis' 43 hits have not left the infield ... Jamie Adams season-best six game hitting streak came to a close ... Christa Raley smacked her third double of the season in the sixth inning ... Angel Shamblin has drawn a walk in four of her last five games.