April 4, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team won both games of Thursday's doubleheader over Lamar University in walk off fashion to improve to 24-10 on the year. Houston won 10-9 the first game courtesy of a Katie St. Pierre RBI single in the seventh inning before run-ruling the Lady Cardinals (15-23) 8-0 with Kendra Cullum's grand slam in the sixth sealing the game for UH.
HOUSTON 10, LAMAR 9
Houston mounted their biggest come back of the season in the first game on Thursday. Houston rallied from being down 7-3 in the fourth inning to win the first ever matchup between the two Texas teams.
After Lamar led 2-0 following the first inning, the Cougars answered the with a two-spot of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Holly Anderson tied the game with her 5th home run of the year to make things even at 2-2 and scored the St. Pierre in the process.
Houston would hold a brief 3-2 lead in the second inning after Kayla Holland reached first via a single. Holland moved around the bases on a botched sacrifice bunt and later scored on a throwing error by Lamar.
After the third inning, Lamar would add five runs in their next two innings to overtake the lead from UH 7-3. Lamar used three home runs to do their damage and chased starting pitcher Summer Groholski out of the game giving the sophomore the no decision.
Houston chipped away at the lead in the fourth with a three-run, two-out rally. St. Pierre took reached first by way of being hit by a pitch and stole scored before scoring on Kendra Cullum's single. Following Cullum's hit, Holly Anderson (2-for-4, 2R, 3 RBI) and Haley Outon (3-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI) slugged back-to-back doubles cutting the lead down to 7-6.
Cullum (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) would score St. Pierre in the sixth inning as the freshman came all the way around from first base on Cullum's double. Haley Outon hit her team-leading 10th home run of the year to knot the game up at 9-9.
Freshman Julana Shrum came in relief for Groholski in the fourth and threw effectively for 2.1 innings before turning the ball over to veteran Bailey Watts with the potential winning run at second base. Watts faced four batters and struck out two of them to pick up the win (14-3).
The stage was set for the freshman St. Pierre (2-for-3, 3 R, 1 RBI) in the seventh inning after Shrum and Watts kept UH in the game. With two runners on base, St. Pierre's single through the left-side of the infield gave the Cougars their first walk-off win of that fashion this year.
HOUSTON 8, LAMAR 0 (6 innings)
Kendra Cullum's first career grand slam lifted Houston to an 8-0 victory over Lamar in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader. The four-run blast capped a five-run inning in a game where Houston needed only five hits to do their damage.
Cullum went 3-for-7 on the day with six RBI and three runs scored.
Diedre Outon threw her second shutout of the year to improve to 4-3 on the season. Outon was at her best with runners on as the junior deftly stranded seven base runners to earn a win in her third-consecutive start.
Twin-sister Haley helped erase a pair of runners for Diedre by displaying her own mighty right arm at catcher. In the first two innings, Haley threw out two runners, one trying to steal second and picked off another Cardinal at first base.
Outon got Houston going with a triple to lead off the second inning. The junior came around to score as Taylor Duplechain hustled down the first base line to reach safely on an error with two outs in the innings. Three straight walks to UH batters afforded Duplechain a more leisurely stroll into home at Houston went on top 2-0.
Another error by the Lady Cardinals gave Reina Gaber a free pass to home after the senior reached on a fielder's choice. Kayla Holland stole second and the Lamar catcher threw the ball to the bag with no one covering, allowing Gaber to extend the lead 3-0.
Houston hosts Marshall this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and Sunday's televised game (FOX Sports) starting at noon.