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Game 2 Box Score
TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of Houston Softball team fell 3-2 and 7-4 to close its American Athletic Conference series at USF on Sunday afternoon at USF Softball Stadium.
With the decisions, the Cougars fall to 24-14 overall and 4-5 in The American, while the Bulls, who are receiving votes in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, improve to 28-15 and 7-2.
Game two of the series was halted on Saturday night due to inclement weather and resumed Sunday morning prior to the series finale.
Sophomore second baseman Arielle James went 5-for-8 between the two games. In the series finale, she went 3-for-4 with three RBI.
In the circle, sophomore Trystan Melancon (5-6) and junior Savannah Heebner (16-5) each suffered losses. Melancon surrendered three runs on five hits while walking none and striking out three. In the series finale, Heebner was tagged for six runs across three and one-third innings before giving way to junior Presley Bell.
USF 3, HOUSTON 2
3rd | Houston pushed one run across in the top of the third inning. Junior right fielder Maya Thomas singled down the left-field line to lead things off, and senior left fielder Kaylin Crumpton reached on a fielder’s choice with an error on the play putting runners at the corners with no outs. In the next at bat, sophomore third baseman Sarah Queen delivered Thomas with a single into the right-center gap.
4th | The Cougars tacked on another run the fourth. With one out, junior catcher Brooke Vannoy and James each singled to put runners at the corners. Thomas followed with an RBI groundout to give Houston a 2-0 advantage.
6th | USF hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth for the 3-2 final.
Trystan Melancon (L, 5-4) | 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K
USF 7, HOUSTON 4
2nd | Both teams scored twice in the second inning. With two outs and two runners in scoring position, James delivered the pair with a single up the middle. In the bottom frame, USF hit a home run and had a RBI single to even the game, 2-2.
4th | The Bulls scored five runs in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead.
6th | Houston scored two runs in the top of the sixth. Sophomore center fielder Lindsey Stewart singled to the shortstop to open the frame. An error on the next at bat put runners on first and second. Two batters later, James delivered Stewart with a single to second base, and Houston traded an out for a run for the 7-4 final.
The Cougars return to action with a doubleheader on Wednesday at Lamar. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.
COUGAR SOFTBALL STADIUM UPGRADES
Thanks to a record year for the Diamond Club, Houston Softball announced the addition of an LED, Daktronics video board (completed) and indoor practice facility as major upgrades to Cougar Softball Stadium.
According to Daktronics, the new outfield video board is the fifth largest at an on-campus softball stadium in the country and the largest in the state of Texas. The board, which sits just beyond the left-field wall, stands 29-feet-3.1-inches tall and measure 24-feet-4.0-inches wide with 576 square feet of space (24-feet by 24-feet) for live video, instant replays, statistics and scoring information, graphics and animations, and sponsor messages. The display features a 13HD pixel layout for crisp, clear imagery for a great view from every seat at the stadium.
The indoor facility, which will replace the current batting cage down the right-field line, will measure 70-feet by 80-feet. The 5,600-square-foot space will feature five batting cages, measuring 60-feet long by 15-feet wide each, with retractable nets for the space to be used in a variety of ways. The facility will have a synthetic turf floor and will be temperature controlled.
In total, the two capital projects represent $1.2 million in upgrades.
The Houston Athletics Ticket Office is once again proud to offer the Shasta Pass for the 2017-18 season. For just $80, Cougar fans can purchase one Shasta Pass, which allows season-long general admission entrance to all Houston Volleyball, Soccer, Women's Basketball and Softball home games.
The Shasta Pass offers Houston fans a substantial saving as single-game tickets start at $5 for all four sports. To purchase a Shasta Pass, call 713-GO-COOGS or CLICK HERE.
JOIN DIAMOND CLUB
Fans can help support the Houston Softball program by joining the Diamond Club. To find out more information about the Diamond Club, visit UHCougars.com or call Cougar Pride at (713) 743-GoUH. For more information, CLICK HERE.