April 9, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team came through with a 3-2 win over Jackson State on Tuesday night at Cougar Softball Stadium. Taylor Duplechain's single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Cougars the win to improve to 26-12 on the year.
The game was tied at 2-2 in the final inning after Jackson State evened the score during their last turn at bat. Kayla Holland was hit by a pitch with two outs to give the Cougars their first base runner of the inning. Reina Gaber reached on a catcher's interference to set the stage for Duplechain. Duplechain's single to shallow right field gave the Cougars their second walk-off win in the past week.
Jackson State's Amanda Vasquez hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to put the Lady Tigers up 1-0. Houston answered in the bottom half of the inning by taking a 2-1 lead.
Kayla Holland led off the frame with her first career triple going down the left field line. Gaber's single on the next pitch drove Holland home and within two pitches the Cougars had evened the score.
Kendra Cullum padded her NCAA-leading total by taking her 19th and 20th hit by pitches of the year. The second plunk came with bases loaded and scored Duplechain to put UH up ahead 2-1.
Katie St. Pierre went 4-for-4 in the game to set a new career high with hits. The freshman was stranded all four times as Houston left nine on base in the game.
Diedre Outon struck out a season-high eight batters to pick up her sixth win of the year (6-4). The junior dealt a season high seven walks and drew a career high three walks at the plate.
Following the game, Brian Cain took first in the Houston Athletics Staff home run derby (6) with Brandon Maddux (Assistant Director of Business) and Rusty Laverentz (Director of Operations - Women's Basketball) taking second with five a piece. Both were career highs for the UH staffers.
Houston travels to El Paso to face UTEP this weekend.