April 17, 2013
LAFAYETTE, La. - The University of Houston softball team dropped a pair of road games at No. 25 Louisiana on Wednesday evening. Houston fell to 29-14 on the year while the Ragin Cajuns improved to 32-11.
After supplying only two hits in the game one defeat, Houston rebounded with an 11-hit showing highlighted by Haley Outon's 2-for-4 performance. Outon connected on a three-run homer and totaled five RBI in the game. It was the third time this year the junior has five or more runs driven in.
Louisiana 9, Houston 1 (5)
Louisiana strung together four straight hits to start the bottom of the first inning before a sacrifice fly gave the Cougars their first out of the inning with UH already behind 3-0. First baseman Jaime Edwards cut the throw to the plate and fired the ball to Holly Anderson at third base for a double play to mitigate the damage but Houston was never able to recover from the initial inning.
The Cajuns added a run in the third off a solo shot before piling on five more in the fourth frame to give the home squad the run-rule victory.
Holly Anderson put Houston's only dent on the scoreboard with a solo home run in the fourth inning. The long ball was the eighth of the year for the senior third baseman as she went 1-for-1 in the game with a walk in her only two plate appearances.
Diedre Outon (7-5) took the loss throwing four strikeouts with six earned runs allowed.
Louisiana 10, Houston 5
Houston started the game with a three-spot in the first inning courtesy of Haley Outon's 13th home run. The three-run blast scored Kendra Cullum and Holly Anderson, who reached on a single and walk, respectively.
UL immediately answered the Cougars' 3-0 lead with a pair of home runs coming in the bottom half of the inning tying the game at 3-3. A two-run blast in the second inning made it 5-3 and a five-run fifth inning doomed the Cougars chances.
Outon (2-for-4, 5 RBI, 1 R) would provide all the runs driven in as she added a two-RBI double in the sixth inning to give her five RBI for the game. It was the third time this year she hit five or more. Pinch hitter Sydney Gerbracht, who reached on a fielders choice up the middle, and Katie St. Pierre, who took a single on a bunt scored off Outon's double to cut the lead 10-5.
Freshman Julana Shrum went the distance for the Cougars and took the loss to even her record at 2-2 on the year.
Houston totaled 11 hits in the contest but left nine on base with all stranded runners coming in the third through sixth inning.
Houston welcomes Tulsa to town this weekend for a three-game series as the Cougars are in a stretch of seven games against ranked opponents.