Junior Elaina Nordstrom
April 30, 2008
HOUSTON -- The University of Houston softball team spit a doubleheader with Louisiana Lafayette Wednesday at Cougar Softball Stadium. With their 2-0 game one win the Cougars set a program record for most wins in a season with a 45-8 mark, passing the previous record of 44 set in 2007.
The ninth ranked Cougars move to 45-8 overall. They are now 2-7 in the all-time series against the Ragin' Cajuns.
In game one, senior pitcher Angel Shamblin advanced to 28-2 in the circle after registering her 14th shutout this season. She added 10 strikeouts for her eighth double-digit strikeout game this season, while holding UL Lafayette to one hit.
Junior Elaina Nordstrom put the Cougars on the board in the third inning after hitting her 13th home run of the season. She is tied for the second most home runs on the team and has the fourth most home runs in UH single season history.
Houston added a single run in the sixth inning after freshman Baillie Lott reached base on a walk. After reaching third on a double by junior Christa Raley, Lott would score on a fielder's choice by junior Jessica Valis.
Game Two: Houston 0, UL Lafayette 4
Houston was unable to complete the sweep, falling in the second game of the series 4-0. The Cougars were held scoreless for just the fourth time this year.
Senior Barbie Love 6.1 innings moved to 10-3 this season. She allowed six hits, four runs, six strikeouts and two walks. Shamblin completed the game allowing one hit in 0.2 innings.
The Ragin' Cajuns jumped on the board early, scoring two runs in the first inning on a fielding error by the Cougars.
UL Lafayette added two final runs in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded Melissa Verde hit a single down the left field line scoring two runners.
In the bottom of the seventh, Houston had two runners on base with one out but they were unable to score as the final two batters were struck out.
The Cougars will play their final Conference USA series at home against UTEP on May 3-4 starting with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and a single game Sunday slated to start at 1 p.m. Following the first game Saturday the four Cougar seniors including, Angel Shamblin, Barbie Love, Amanda Grote and Courtney Spittler will be honored.