April 4, 2006
SAN ANTONIO - Brittany Cantu smacked a three-run walkoff home run in the eighth inning as Texas-San Antonio swept a doubleheader over the University of Houston softball team taking the second game 6-3 Tuesday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.
The Cougars (25-16) came back from a 3-2 seventh inning deficit as Jaci Gonzalez began the rally with a double to right centerfield. Jessica Valis added a bunt single and alertly moved into scoring position when she realized no one was covering second base for UTSA (18-11).
Katie Bush drew a walk to load the bases and Elaina Nordstrom tied the score at 3-3 on a ground out. With runners on first and second base, UTSA catcher Jessica Els threw out Nordstrom, the trail runner, at second base trying to advance on a wild pitch. Christa Raley popped up to second base sending the game into extra innings.
Barbie Love picked up the loss throwing a season-high 4.2 innings of relief. She matched a season-best with six strikeouts against four hits and gave up three runs. Amanda Nikolenko picked up the win for the Roadrunners spraying nine hits over eight innings to improve to 11-5.
Houston dented the scoreboard first in the third inning as Jamie Adams executed a perfect slide at the plate around Els on a fielder's choice to give Houston a 1-0 advantage.
The Roadrunners responded right away in the home half of the frame when Stacey Gillespie lined a solo home run to right centerfield that just cleared the fence evening the score at 1-1.
UTSA used another long ball to grab a 3-1 lead later in the frame as Aimee Murray knocked a two-run shot chasing Houston starter Carla Kennimer from the game.
The Cougars chipped away with a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter Haley Valis in the fifth inning to slice the margin down to 3-2.
Houston concludes its four-game Southland Conference road swing taking on Texas State Wednesday. First pitch of the twinbill at Bobcat Field is slated for 3pm.
Houston falls to 5-5 all-time against UTSA ... The Roadrunners have won three straight games in the series ... Head coach Kyla Holas has used a different batting lineup in 36 of 41 games this season ... Christa Raley was in the cleanup slot followed by Laura Durham in five hole for the first time this season ... Holas has used a different batting order in 16 of her last 17 games ... The Cougars lost for the second consecutive game after scoring first and outhitting its opponent ... It was only the sixth time in 29 this season that the Cougars have scored when scoring at least three runs ... The Cougars have lost three of its last four in that category ... Houston is now 17-14 in days games comparing to 8-2 under the lights ... Jessica Valis picked up her team-best 14th multi-hit game and has hit safely in a team-best four consecutive games ... She is the first Cougar to reach 45 hits ... 32 of Valis' team-best 45 hits have not left the infield ... Elaina Nordstrom has reached base in 36 of 41 games this season ... She picked up her team-best 30th RBI with a ground out in the seventh inning ... The LaPalma, Calif. native has added a RBI in eight of her last nine games ... Jamie Adams has hit safely in eight of her last 10 appearances ... She also added her sixth multi-hit game and third in her last six outings ... Barbie Love threw a season-high 4.2 innings of relief ... With six strikeouts, Love is now nine Ks away from reaching 100 for her career ... Katie Bush had her team-best five game hitting streak snapped ... Bush drew a walk in the seventh inning and has now reached base in 13 consecutive games ... Laurie Wagner has hit safely in nine of her last 15 games ... She smacked her sixth double of the season in the fifth inning ... Jaci Gonzalez has reached base in 16 of 24 games when in the batting lineup ... The San Antonio, native has scored a run in her last three games and in five of her last seven outings ... Brandi Clark knocked a pinch-hit single and is now six hits away from tallying 100-career hits ... Candi Kloecker stepped to the plate for the first time in 23 games ... She went 0-for-3 but was robbed of single on a diving catch by UTSA shortstop Aimee Murray.