April 18, 2014
HOUSTON - Houston Softball dropped a pair of games to USF Friday afternoon at Cougar Softball Stadium. The Bulls (32-13 | 6-5) pulled away with rallies in the fourth inning of both games to hand Houston (28-14 | 11-3) its second and third conference losses on the year.
USF 6, HOUSTON 5 - Box Score
The Bulls went ahead with three hits in the first inning picking up a 1-0 lead. USF added another pair of runs to the scoreboard before Houston's five-run third inning put Houston ahead 5-3
Selena Hernandez tied the game up at 3-3 in the bottom of the frame with a home run to center field. It was the sixth home run of the year for the shortstop and the 34th RBI for the sophomore from Austin, Texas.
UH added a pair of runs from Diedre Outon's sacrifice fly to left center scoring Tiffani McKnight and allowing Haley Outon to move up to third on the play. An errant throw from the USF centerfielder went into the third base dugout and allowed Outon to cross home and give UH the brief 5-3 lead.
The Bulls countered in their next at bat scoring three runs capped by Stephanie Medina's two-RBI single to give USF the final 6-5 lead.
Diedre Outon (13-6) took the loss for UH ending her streak of seven-straight conference victories this season. The Cougars turned the ball over to Julana Shrum who threw the final 3.1 innings allowing just one hit and no runs.
USF's Sara Nevins improved to 19-7 throwing the final four innings surrendering two hits.
USF 4, HOUSTON 2 - Box Score
Houston dropped the second game of Friday's doubleheader 4-2 to USF after another fourth-inning rally doomed the Cougars chances.
Kayla Holland put Houston ahead 1-0 on her second home run of the season in the second inning. Senior Kendra Cullum reached base taking a hit by the pitch, the 84th of her career, and went ahead to score on Haley Outon's single to left field. Outon ended the inning as she tried stretching the single to a double with Houston holding a 2-0 lead.
The Bulls charged ahead 4-2 in the fourth ending scoring all four runs giving Sara Nevins her second win of the day and 20th of the year. The senior threw four innings of two-hit relief pitching for the second straight game.
Houston's Julana Shrum held serve throwing 3.2 innings of scoreless, two-hit pitching in relief for Summer Groholski who took the loss to fall to 5-4 on the season.
Houston and USF close out the series on Saturday at noon with Easter @ Cougar Softball Stadium. Following the game, an Easter Egg Hunt and autograph session will be held on the field.