April 24, 2006
HOUSTON - Barbie Love fired her first career no-hitter in game two of a doubleheader as the University of Houston completed a twinbill sweep with a pair of 9-0 and 8-0 victories over Texas Southern Monday afternoon at the Cougar Softball Stadium.
"Barbie did a wonderful job of making the most of the opportunity that was given to her," head coach Kyla Holas said. "She had excellent command of her pitches today and had Texas Southern guessing all afternoon."
Love made the most of her first start of the season being touched up for only two walks and set a season-high with seven strikeouts on the afternoon.
"I had the mindset to go out there and get the job done," Love said. "My change-up was working really well and was very effective this afternoon."
After starting April dropping five of its first seven games, the Cougars (33-18) have won five consecutive outings and seven of its last eight games.
The Cougars tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning as Jessica Valis, Elaina Nordstrom and Haley Valis loaded the bases by drawing walks. Candi Kloecker knocked home Valis with a RBI-single to right field, while Durham added a sacrifice fly platting pinch-runner Christa Raley to end the game in six innings.
"I thought that we played well considering it was a Monday and that's normally our off day," Holas said. "Our goal was to extend our bench for the end of the season and I was proud of our reserves for stepping up to the challenge."
The Cougars used a six-run fifth inning capped by a three-run walkoff home run by Brooke Johnson to put away Texas Southern 9-0 in the opening game. Durham drove home two runs with a RBI-single, while Haley Valis added a RBI-single leading up to Johnson's homer.
In the circle, Candi Kloecker moved to 9-9 firing a one-hitter and adding three strikeouts against zero walks. The lone hit came in the fourth inning on a single to centerfield.
Nordstrom got things started in the first inning crushing a two-run longball to left centerfield to give Houston a 2-0 advantage.
The Cougars conclude its seven-game homestand with a Tuesday doubleheader against Grambling State. First pitch against GSU is set for 1pm.
Houston improves to 11-0 all-time against Texas Southern ... After repeating her batting lineups in her last two C-USA weekends, head coach Kyla Holas used different lineups in both games against Texas Southern ... Holas has now used 43 different combinations in 52 games ... Holas is now six wins away from reaching 200 career victories ... Houston improves to 30-7 this season when scoring more than three wins and to 24-6 when scoring first ... The Cougars have also won 14 of 17 shutouts ... Barbie Love made her first start of the season and made the most of it throwing her first career no-hitter ... Love set a season-high with seven strikeouts ... Jessica Valis has hit safely in 12 of last 14 games ... Her three hits in game two match a career-high ... Of Valis' team-leading 59 hits, 43 of them have not left the infield ... The Shiner, Texas product is only one hit shy from matching Arelis Ferreris 60-hits set during the 2003 season for No. 5 all-time for hits in a season ... Valis broke a single-game school record with four stolen bases in game two ... Katie Bush has scored a run in six of her last eight games ... Her 43 hits are now one hit away from matching Arelis Ferreris freshman-mark off 44 hits for No. 4 all-time for a freshman in a single season ... Elaina Nordstrom has reached base in 46 of 51 games this season ... She has hit safely in 19 of her last 25 games and has picked up a RBI in eight of her last 13 outings ... Nordstrom has drawn a walk in her last five games ... Laura Durham picked up RBIs in both games of the doubleheader ... It was first time since Baylor (Mar. 8) and East Carolina (Mar. 11) that Durham has picked up RBIs in consecutive games ... Laurie Wagner returned to the starting lineup for the first time since the Texas State doubleheader back on April 5 ... Jamie Adams has drawn a walk in four of her last six games ... Brandi Clark's RBI in game two puts her three RBIs away from reaching 50 for her career ... Brooke Johnson and Haley Valis became the seventh and eight different Cougars to reach double-digit RBIs ... Five of Johnson's six hits this season have produced runs ... Candi Kloecker picked up her second RBI of the season with RBI in the fifth inning of game two ... Courtney Spittler made her first start of the season in right field ... Spittler hit safely in both games and was the 15th Cougar to pick up a RBI this season in game two.