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      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F H E
    Southern Miss (13-31 | 4-17) 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 5 8 3
    Houston (31-21 | 13-9) 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 7 10 3

    Pitching IP ER K BB H
    Bailey Watts (13-8) 7.0 2 7 4 8

    Batting H AB R RBI SB
    Haley Outon 2 4 3 3 0
    Reina Gaber 2 3 0 2 0
    Melissa Gregson 2 3 1 1 0

    HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team topped Southern Miss 7-5 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader on Senior Day at Cougar Softball Stadium. Melissa Gregson, Jennifer Klinkert and Kelly Lindley represented the Cougars 2012 class and all three started and logged every inning in Houston's two-win day.

    "I was glad we could play all the seniors all day and get their time in to get some wins for them," said head coach Kyla Holas. "It was great to see with all their family and friends here to see them get the wins."

    Gregson gave Houston the lead in the opening frame with an RBI single scoring Holly Anderson and moved to second base on the mishandle of the ball in left field. Haley Outon followed with her first triple of the season to score Gregson and came around herself to home on Reina Gaber's single.

    Gregson and Outon again scored in the next inning as Gaber drove both of them to home on a single to center. Freshman Jennifer Hooker started the inning with a double and scored to give Houston another three spot.

    The Golden Eagles responded with their own three run third inning with another run in the fourth to make the game 6-5.

    Errors helped lead to three of those runs as Bailey Watts (13-8) allowed only two earned in her 34th career complete game, tying Baillie Lott for fifth all time in Houston history.

    "At the end of the game I saw what we wanted to see in Bailey. She stepped up and found a way to win, she fought."

    Haley Outon launched a home run on the first pitch she saw in the fourth inning to give Houston an insurance run. The homer was her 18th of the year, and the third time to score in the game.

    Lindley reached second twice in the game and went 1-for-2 with her first steal of the season. Klinkert drew a walk in her opening at bat but was also stranded at second.

    A check presentation preceded the game with Holas presenting the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation the proceeds from the Sixth Annual Striking Out Breast Cancer Game back in March.



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