April 29, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Houston softball team fell 6-3 to suffer their first conference sweep of the year to UCF. The Cougars made a comeback attempt in the seventh inning scoring all three of their runs to cut the lead in half but were unable to overcome the early hole and fell to 29-21 on the year and 12-9 in league play.
UCF jumped out to the early lead as they scored three runs in the first inning off starting pitcher Diedre Outon (11-9) before UH was able to record an out. Sophomore Bailey Watts came in relief inhering two runners on base but was able to gain control of the inning and retired three of the next four Knights to keep Houston in the game.
Watts threw six innings allowing two earned runs with five strikeouts and one walk.
The Cougars managed only four hits for the second straight game but were unable to string any of those hits together in the same inning as they were held scoreless through the first six frames.
Houston made their first impact on the scoreboard in the seventh inning as Kendra Cullum, Holly Anderson and Ashleigh Jones drew walks, and Jennifer Hooker reached first base on a hit by the pitch. Cullum's run made it 6-1 before Melissa Gregson hit a two-RBI double down the left field to put the tying run at the plate.
With the tying run at the plate, Haley Outon struck out to end the game in the Knights favor.
Cullum reached base in every single at bat over the weekend, going 1-for-1 in the series with four walks and three hit by the pitch to raise her on base percentage to .446 on the year.
Houston heads back on the road Tuesday as they travel to San Antonio to face UTSA. After the single game against the Roadrunners on Tuesday night, Houston hosts Southern Miss for the final weekend of the regular series.