Softball Holds Off Memphis
May 6, 2006
HOUSTON - Jessica Valis, Katie Bush and Elaina Nordstrom, the top three hitters in Houston batting order, combined for a 5-for-9 effort with four runs scored and three RBIs propelling the University of Houston softball team to a 5-4 victory over Memphis Saturday afternoon in game two of a Conference USA weekend series at the Cougar Softball Stadium.
The Cougars (37-21, 14-9 C-USA) jumped on the board in the first inning via a Nordstrom two-run home run to straight-away centerfield. Nordstrom extended her hitting streak to a team-best seven games and set a new single-season program record picking up her 51st and 52nd RBIs of the season.
Memphis (28-25, 10-12 C-USA) charged back to even the score at 2-2 in the third inning taking advantage of a Houston error, pass ball and wild pitch.
Laura Durham provided a clutch two-out RBI-single in the home half of the frame allowing the Cougars to snatch back a 3-2 advantage.
Houston pushed the lead to 5-2 in the fourth inning with a two-out rally started by a Jaci Gonzalez walk. Back-to-back singles from Valis and Bush along with a Memphis throwing error gave the Cougars a three-run cushion.
The Tigers fought back with back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning from Leila Dulfo and Bridgette McNulty to draw within 5-4.
Memphis had runners on first and second with one out in the sixth inning, but Kimberly Hayden lined out to Gonzalez at second base, who alertly stepped on the bag for a double play.
Carla Kennimer moved to 8-2 on the season striking out five batters against two walks. The southpaw also moved to 5-1 in Conference USA action, while Nicki Johnson was tagged with the loss dropping to 12-9.
The two teams will conclude the regular season with a rubber game Sunday. Houston will honor its senior class of Jaci Gonzalez, Brandi Clark, Brooke Johnson and Crystal Briscoe before the game.
First pitch at the Cougar Softball Stadium is on-tap for 1pm. Live stats will be available on UHCougars.com