April 25, 2012
HOUSTON - Haley Outon's three-run homer helped lift the Cougars to a 5-0 victory over the crosstown HBU Huskies Wednesday evening at Cougar Softball Stadium. It was the fourth long ball of the year for Outon as sophomore Bailey Watts (11-7) went the distance for Houston throwing five strikeouts and no walks for her fourth shutout of the season.
The Cougars used base running to help manufacture the other two runs in the win as they increased their season total 93 steals on the year. Diedre Outon swiped second and third to score on Anderson's 37th RBI of the year as Anderson and (1) and Jennifer Klinkert (2) gave Houston five steals in the game.
"Base running has been a key for us," head coach Kyla Holas said. "I was glad that we were able to get good jumps and be aggressive. We need to make sure we're playing the best ball we can and we have a lot of work to do to make sure that happens."
Houston took the initial 1-0 lead in the third inning after Anderson worked a two-out walk to reach. Following Ashleigh Jones infield single and a wild pitch, Melissa Gregson and Haley Outon accepted walks to push Anderson across the plate.
The Cougars offense was bogged down at the start in the Bayou City matchup. Jones' hit was the first to the Huskies three but Outon's home extended the cushion to more than enough for Watts. Watts was also able to find a better rhythm after the third as she allowed only one more hit the duration to complete her 11th game.
Outon's home run was the fourth in the last five games for the sophomore as she continues to move up the leader board in single-season home run totals. Outon (16) sits in third place chasing Laurie Wagner (2008 - 19) for first place.
Houston had a chance to open the lead in the third inning following Outon's run-scoring walk but a diving play by HBU center fielder Callie Herrington took a hit away from Reina Gaber and saved the Huskies at least two runs.
The Cougars travel to Orlando, Fla. for a Conference USA series to face the Knights this weekend. Saturday's doubleheader begins at noon with Sunday's finale starting at 11 a.m.