April 6, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team split Saturday's doubleheader with Marshall. The Cougars (25-11, 9-2) suffered a 13-1 loss in the first game before bouncing back with a 6-4 win over the Herd (24-13, 10-4) in the rematch.
"We did a good job battling back today," said head coach Kyla Holas. "The first game today, that was about as bad as we have played all year long. I was happy that our team was able to recognize that games like that can happen and the only thing you can do after that is move on and forget about it. We were able to get past it real quick and fight all game (two) long and come out with a win."
MARSHALL 13, HOUSTON 1 (5)
Houston fell 13-1 in five innings to Marshall in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Houston committed four errors in the loss leading to seven unearned runs by MU in the first conference run-ruling over UH since Memphis in 2009.
Marshall led 1-0 heading into the third inning and added 12 runs over their last three innings (3, 6, 3). MU's Andi Williamson (23-11) took the win against Bailey Watts (14-4) holding Houston hitless until Kayla Holland's double in the fourth inning.
Katie St. Pierre, who reached base in all three at bats by way of walking, tied the game in the first inning after Holly Anderson put herself in a pickle faking a steal from first to second. The Marshall shortstop ran Anderson back to the bag but dropped the ball allowing St. Pierre to score from third.
Things got away for the home team starting in the third. Marshall scored three in the third, six in the fourth and tacked on three more in the fifth to hand Houston the 13-1 loss.
HOUSTON 6, MARSHALL 4
The Cougars rebounded in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with a 6-4 win over Marshall. Houston used three innings to score a pair of runs in each to guide them to their 25th win of the year.
Katie St. Pierre drew her fourth straight walk of the day to lead things off for UH in the first inning and the freshman came around to score on Holly Anderson's single (2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI) later in the inning. Anderson would steal second base and score on a Marshall error to tip the score 2-0 quickly in favor of Houston.
After Marshall tied it up at 2-2 in the top of the second, Houston regained the advantage during their turn at bat in the bottom half of the inning. A bases-loaded double by Haley Outon (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 R) made it 4-2 as Outon's blooper to shallow left scored Katie St. Pierre. With two outs in the inning, Kendra Cullum was running on contact and the diving effort by the Marshall left fielder allowed Cullum to cross home with ease and give UH control of the scoreboard.
St. Pierre kept her hitting streak alive - extending it to a program-best 21 games with her infield single in the inning. The native of Flower Mound (Texas) was 0-for-0 with three walks in all three plate appearances the first game and 1-for-3 with two runs scored in game two.
Houston scored in pairs again in the fifth making it 6-2. Haley Outon and Kayla Holland worked walks to start the inning and Outon would score on Reina Gaber's single to left. Diedre Outon took the third walk of the inning to load the bases for pinch hitter Sydney Gerbracht and Gerbracht lifted a single down the right field for her eighth RBI of the game.
Diedre Outon picked up her third straight win (5-3) in her last three appearances as the starting pitcher for UH. The junior threw her fourth complete game of the year with three strikeouts and two earned runs.
Houston and Marshall meet for the rubber match tomorrow at noon.