Cougars Split Doubleheader with No. 14 Baylor
April 23, 2013
WACO, Texas - The University of Houston softball team split a doubleheader with No. 14 Baylor Tuesday evening at Getterman Stadium in Waco, Texas. The Cougars posted a 5-3 comeback win over the Bears in the second game of the night while falling 4-1 in the opener.
"I was pleased with the atmosphere and attitude we brought today," said head coach Kyla Holas. "We fell behind early in the second game but I felt we were in control the whole way, We really responded well after that first inning and stayed within our game plan and it all worked out."
Houston moved their record to 32-16 on the year while No. 14 Baylor is 35-12.
BAYLOR 4 HOUSTON 1
Baylor scored four runs to open the game up as the first six batters all reached base safely. A leadoff walk to the Bears' Kathy Shelton immediately yielded a run for the home squad as the No. 2 batter Kaitlyn Thumann hit a double in the next at bat to make it 1-0. Two more singles and a pair of fielders choices brought the rest of the damage across the plate to make it 4-0.
Bailey Watts (16-5) started the game for the Cougars and settled down after the first inning to give a solid effort in the loss. Watts limited Baylor to six hits in the game and dealt four walks. Whitney Canion (19-6) earned the win and Courtney Repka picked up the save for BU.
Holly Anderson had a pair of plays in the fifth inning that helped keep UH in the game. The senior third baseman robbed extra bases down the line with a quick reaction to her glove side for the first out. Later in the inning, Anderson ended the frame by scooping up a bouncer, stepping on third and firing it to first to quell the bases-loaded situation.
Anderson followed her fine defensive showing in the field with a double when Houston came to bat in the next inning. Haley Outon scored Anderson with Houston's fourth double of the game to make it 4-1.
HOUSTON 5, BAYLOR 3
Similar to game one, the Bears jumped all over the Cougars in the first inning with a three spot giving the home team the 3-0 lead. This game, however, Houston would strike back with four runs scored in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead.
Starting pitcher Diedre Outon helped her own cause by leading off the fifth with a single before moving to third on Katie St. Pierre's single and fielding error by the Baylor right fielder allowing both runners to move into scoring position. Kendra Cullum took her second hit by the pitch of the game to load the bases for Holly Anderson and Anderson put UH on the board with a single to left field.
Haley Outon followed Anderson by driving the ball up the middle and another fielding error by Baylor allowed two runs to come across home. Kayla Holland was next after Outon and kept the scoring up with a double to score Anderson while Outon was out at home on the throw.
Diedre Outon (8-5) started for UH in the circle throwing a complete game with no runs allowed after the first inning. The junior had a pair of strikeouts with one earned run and five hits allowed.
UH added an insurance run in the sixth inning with Anderson (3-for-4 2 RBI, 1 R) singling in St. Pierre from second base. The freshman made a headfirst slide into home to give UH the final 5-3 margin.
The two teams traded double plays as Houston turned one to end the bottom of the second inning with Anderson stepping on third and firing over to first to end the threat. The Bears repaid the favor during their turn on defense as Haley Outon grounded to short and Kendra Cullum was nabbed at home trying to hustle around from second on the play. UH turned two double plays in the game to the Bears one.
Taylor Duplechain hit her team-leading fourth triple of the year in the fourth inning for Houston's first extra base hit of the game. Houston had six extra base hits on the day including five doubles.