April 14, 2006
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Elaina Nordstrom and Jaci Gonzalez each drove home a pair of runs as the University of Houston softball team defeated Marshall 6-2 in game two of a Conference USA doubleheader Friday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field.
Marshall (24-20, 10-7 C-USA) manufactured a run in the second inning taking advantage of a lead-off walk and a Houston throwing error. Gina Guzzo and Courtney Kacenga were hit-by-a-pitch to give the Thundering Herd a 1-0 lead.
The Cougars (28-17, 9-5 C-USA) responded right away in the third inning as Brandi Clark drew a lead-off walk of her own. Jaci Gonzalez cranked a 3-2 offering over the right field fence giving Houston a 2-1 advantage.
Houston continued to pour it on sending 10 batters to the plate in the fifth inning. After opening the frame with a walk, Jamie Adams moved to second base on a Brandi Clark sacrifice bunt. Gonzalez drew a walk and Jessica Valis loaded the bases reaching on a fielders choice.
Adams came across on a wild pitch pushing the Houston advantage to 3-1, while Haley Valis reloaded the bases drawing another walk. Elaina Nordstrom platted Gonzalez and Valis with a single to left centerfield to extend the lead to 5-1. Angel Shamblin capped the inning and made it 6-1 adding a RBI-single up the middle.
Carla Kennimer improved to 6-1 on the season, throwing five innings being touched up for two runs, one unearned on five hits.
The Thundering Herd got a RBI-single from Jessica Williams in the sixth inning, but Shamblin shut the door ending the Marshall rally, firing two innings of scoreless relief to secure the 6-2 victory.
Houston and Marshall complete its C-USA weekend series with a single-game Saturday morning. First pitch from Dot Hicks Field is set for 9am CST.
Fans can listen to all of the action live from Huntington for free by clicking on the listen live link on the homepage of UHCougars.com
Houston improves to 2-0 all-time against Marshall and to 12-5 against first-time opponents this season ... Head coach Kyla Holas has used a different batting order in 40 of 45 games this season ... Holas has used a different order in 20 of her last 21 games ... Holas is now 11 wins shy of reaching 200-career wins ... Jaci Gonzalez was in the No. 9 hole behind Jamie Adams and Brandi Clark in the No. 7 and No. 8 spots, respectively for the first time this season ... The Cougars are now 7-1 on Friday's this season and move to 4-1 in game two of a Conference USA weekend series ... Houston moves to 7-11 when the opposition scores first and to 6-8 when getting outhit by its opponents ... Jessica Valis had her team-best seven game hitting streak snapped ... She added her team-leading 17th multi-hit game and is the first Cougar to 50 hits this season ... Valis did reach on a fielder's choice in the fifth inning and has scored a run in 11 of her last 14 games ... Katie Bush had her 17 game streak of reaching base come to a close ... Bush reentered the game for Haley Valis in the fifth inning after Valis drew a walk ... The Brenham, Texas product has scored a run in nine of her last 13 games ... Elaina Nordstrom has reached base in 40 of 45 games this season ... Nordstrom tallied her 10th multi-hit game and her team-leading 10th multi-RBI output ... The LaPalma, Calif., native has hit safely in 16 of her last 20 games and has registered a RBI in 11 of her last 13 contests ... Angel Shamblin became the third Cougar to reach the 20 RBIs mark this season ... Laura Durham has hit safely in four of her last six games ... Haley Valis became the eight Cougar this season to draw double-digit walks ... Jaci Gonzalez has reached base in 19 of 28 games when in the batting lineup ... Gonzalez added her second multi-hit game this season ... With two hits, the San Antonio, Texas, native is now seven hits shy of reaching Michelle Keith's (2002-2005) 119 career hits for No. 5 all-time in program history ... Gonzalez has also scored a run in six of her last eight games.