Houston Spits Twin Bill at Lamar in Extras

April 11, 2018

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BEAUMONT, Texas -- The University of Houston Softball team split a doubleheader at Lamar, falling 3-2 in nine innings and winning 6-3 in 11 innings on Wednesday night at LU Softball Complex.

With the split, the Cougars move to 25-15 overall, while the Cardinals slide to 23-19.

Juniors Savannah Heebner and Maya Thomas each collected four hits across the doubleheader. Heebner led the team with two multi-hit games, going 4-for-9 with a double, triple, walk, two runs scored and a stolen base, the first of her career.

In the circle, Heebner took the hard-luck loss in the first game to fall to 16-6. She was tagged for three runs (all unearned) across eight innings while scattering seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a complete-game effort.

In the second game, sophomore Trystan Melancon improved to 6-6. The native of Tomball, Texas, tossed two shutout innings of relief, recording one walk and two strikeouts, Junior Presley Bell worked around eight hits, allowing three runs (two earned) across a career-high nine innings in the start.

The 11-inning affair in the nightcap marked the longest game for the Cougars in terms of innings since Houston won 12-5 in 11 innings at Memphis on April 12, 2014.


1st | Houston scored one run in the opening frame. Sophomore second baseman Arielle James opened the game with a hit by pitch, and Thomas advanced her to second with a sacrifice bunt. After a groundout moved James up to third base, sophomore third baseman Sarah Queen delivered her with a single to left center for a 1-0 lead.

4th | The Cougars added another run in the top of the fourth. Heebner doubled off the center-field wall to open the frame. After a sac bunt from sophomore center fielder Lindsey Stewart and walk to junior catcher Brooke Vannoy put runners at the corners, Heebner came home on an RBI groundout from senior shortstop Mariah Garcia.

6th | Lamar cut it to a one-run ballgame with an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth.

7th | The Cardinals added another unearned run in the seventh to force extra innings.

9th | Lamar tacked on an additional unearned run in the ninth for the 3-2 final.

Top Offensive Players:
Maya Thomas | 3-4
Lindsey Stewart | 2-3
Savannah Heebner | 2-4, 2B, R
Arielle James | 1-2, 2B, BB, 2 HBP, R

Pitching Breakdown:
Savannah Heebner (L, 16-6) | 8.0 IP, CG, 7 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K


1st | Both teams scored one run via a passed ball in the first inning. James doubled into the left-center gap to open the game and advanced to third base on a groundout before scoring on passed ball.

2nd | The Cardinals plated two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead.

6th | Houston tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Heebner tripled into the right-field corner and Queen walked to put runners at the corners. Senior left fielder Kaylin Crumpton plated Heebner with a single down the right-field line. Stewart and junior designated player Rachel Hill followed with walks to deliver Queen to even the score at 3-3.

11th | The Cougars broke out for three runs in the 11th. With one out, Hill reached on an error and Vannoy and freshman shortstop Aspen Howie each singled through the infield to load the bases. James delivered senior De'Zha Scott, who pinch ran for Hill, and Vannoy on a single through the right side of the infield, and Thomas followed with an infield single to score Howie for the 6-3 final.

Top Offensive Players:
Arielle James | 2-5, 2B, HBP, 2 RBI, R
Savannah Heebner | 2-5, 3B, BB, R, SB
Sarah Queen | 2-5, BB, R
Brooke Vannoy | 1-4, R
Aspen Howie | 1-3, BB, R

Pitching Breakdown:
Presley Bell | 9.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Trystan Melancon (W, 6-6) | 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

The Cougars return American Athletic Conference play with a three-game series against Wichita State starting Friday at Cougar Softball Stadium. "Alumni Weekend" is set for Saturday and Sunday.

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.

Follow Houston Softball on Twitter and Instagram at UHCougarSB, and "Like" UHCougarSB on Facebook.

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.



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