April 28, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla.The University of Houston softball team suffered a 4-0 defeat to UCF in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at UCF Softball Complex. Summer Groholski (7-5) took the loss for Houston allowing one earned run over six innings.
"We didn't have a very good day at the park," head coach Kyla Holas said. "We made mistakes offensively, defensively and on the base path. We need to come out tomorrow and focus on keeping things simple - catch, throw and hit."
When the day began, the Cougars (29-20, 12-8) were tied with the Knights (37-13, 14-6) for third place in the Conference USA standings but now find themselves tied with Marshall in the fourth place position. Houston has a road contest at UTSA on Tuesday before the final weekend of the regular season when UH hosts Southern Miss.
Kendra Cullum had a productive day despite registering zero official at bats. The junior was hit by a pitch twice, and drew a walk in the second game after posting the opposite line in the first game (two walks, one hit-by-pitch). The native of Conroe, Texas, leads the team with 11 plunks on the year.
The six combined hits in the doubleheader is one more than Houston's two-game season-low total in 2012. Jennifer Klinkert went 2-for-3 to make up half of Houston's hit total as she raised her average to .333 on the year.
"They (UCF) threw two good games today but with this offense, our expectations are very high. We underperformed today and need to come ready to work tomorrow."
Both of Houston's errors led to runs scored in the innings that they occurred as UCF added two runs in both the second and fourth inning.
Junior Holly Anderson saw her team's season-long hit streak (16 games) come to an end in the contest as she drew a walk in her first at bat and hit two hard line drives that were caught.
The Cougars and Knights face off tomorrow at 12 p.m. EST for the finale of the weekend series.