HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Softball team fell to Wichita State, 6-5, in game two of its American Athletic Conference series on Saturday afternoon at Cougar Softball Stadium.
With the decision, the Cougars fall to 26-16 and 5-6 in The American, while the Shockers, who are receiving votes in the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll, improve to 23-16 and 6-5.
Saturday's game marked the beginning of "Alumni Weekend" for the Cougars. Former letterwinners were recognized on field pregame, and after the game, Houston held its annual alumni slowpitch game.
4th | The Cougars broke up the 0-0 stalemate with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Senior left fielder Kaylin Crumpton, Queen and Heebner all walked to load the bases with no outs. Senior De'Zha Scott, who pinch ran from Crumpton at first base and stole second, scored on a wild pitch, before Howie delivered Queen with a single up the middle. Vannoy and James then walked bring Howie around for a 3-0 lead.
5th | After WSU scored one run in the top of the fifth, Houston scored two runs in the bottom frame. After a fielder's choice and walk put two runners on, Stewart singled in the infield and a throwing error on the play allowed the Cougars to take a 5-1 advantage.
6th | The Shockers scored runs in the sixth to tie the game.
7th | In the seventh, WSU took the lead on a sacrifice fly for the 6-5 final.
Houston closes its series in a noon first pitch on Sunday. "Alumni Weekend" festivities continue, as the Cougars will recognize the 2008 NCAA Super Regional squad in a special ceremony prior to first pitch.
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.