April 21, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - A four-run third inning propelled the University of Houston softball team (27-17, 12-5) to a 5-2 win over Tulsa in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at Collins Family Softball Complex. Freshman Summer Groholski earned her first Conference USA win to improve to 6-4 on the year.
All five runs for the Cougars came with two outs as the Cougars rebounded after dropping the first game on Saturday 3-2. Houston has totaled 92 of their 207 RBIs this year in the pressure situation. The Cougars have surrendered only 53 RBIs to their opponents in the same situation.
Freshman Jaime Edwards evened the score at 1-1 as she hit her fifth homerun of the year in the second inning. Edwards went 2-for-3 in the game, raising her average to .317 with 24 RBIs.
Houston pushed the lead to 5-1 in the third inning to take control of the game as both Melissa Gregson and Haley Outon had back-to-back two-RBI hits. Junior Kendra Cullum worked a walk before being advanced by Holly Anderson's single before the scoring barrage began.
Anderson, who went 3-for-3 in the game, also extended her 12-game hitting streak, the longest of the year for UH. During that span, Anderson is batting .485 (16-for-33) as she has batted in the leadoff position in 11-straight games.
Cullum and Anderson would come around to score as Gregson hit a single to shallow centerfield. Haley Outon cleared the bases following Gregson with her 14th home run of the year, and second straight game with a long ball.
Groholski ran into trouble in the sixth inning as she led the frame off with a walk, and two fielders choice later the bases were loaded with no outs. Groholski survived the jam to pick up her third complete game of the year after allowing just one run to cross the plate in the inning.
Tulsa stranded nine runners as Houston left only one on base in the game.
Houston and Tulsa will meet again tomorrow at noon for the finale of the weekend series.