April 10, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team, behind a strong pitching performance by Diedre Outon, shutout the Islanders of Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-0 to take the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
Outon threw her fourth shutout of the year to improve her record to 9-3 on the season. The sophomore cruised through the Islanders offense and allowed only three hits, with only one of them reaching the outfield, as Houston improved to 23-15 on the season.
Outon was strong in the circle, giving up only one hit until she hit a snag in the sixth inning. After a leadoff walk and two infield singles, Outon had bases loaded with no outs. Outon took matters into her own hands - literally - as she threw a strikeout and then fielded two ground balls to end the inning. One of the force outs saved a run as Diedre spun and fired the ball to her sister Haley Outon at home plate to save a run and preserve the shutout.
The Cougars put two runners in scoring position to lead off the second inning but came away with only one run to take the initial 1-0 lead. Jennifer Klinkert hit a blooper down the third base line before being moved around the bases by Jaime Edwards' double. Klinkert would come around to score on Kayla Holland's fielder choice.
Haley Outon led off the fourth inning with a solo shot to left field stretching Houston's lead to 2-0. The homer was Outon's 12th of the year and 38th RBI of the year, leading the team in both categories.
While Houston managed only six hits, they made the most of those opportunities with six steals on the day, led by Holly Anderson (2).
Houston's aggression on the base paths led to another run coming home in the fourth inning. After Ashleigh Jones swiped second base, Anderson baited a throw to her base at third and an errant attempt to nab Anderson resulted in Anderson walking in to score. Jones would come around to score later in the inning off an Islander inning to give the game the final score of 4-0.