TAMPA, Fla. -- The No. 2 seeded University of Houston Softball team defeated No. 7 seed ECU, 3-1, in the Quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday afternoon at USF Softball Stadium.
With the win, the Cougars, who are receiving votes in the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll, improve to 36-19 overall, while the Pirates close their season at 23-32.
Freshman designated player Tierrah Williams highlighted the offense with what proved to be the game-winner with a three-run, go-ahead home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. The home run is Williams' fourth of the season and third in as many games, coming as part of a 1-for-3 performance.
In the circle, Heebner improved to 25-8. The native of Sedalia, Colo., walked none and struck out five in a complete-game effort. Overall, the victory is the 49th of Heebner's career, breaking her tie her with Bailey Watts (2010-13) for second all-time in program history.
Junior catcher Brooke Vannoy made her 105th-consecutive start behind the plate dating back to Houston's 7-3 win over Boston College on Feb. 12, 2017, at Cougar Softball Stadium.
4th | ECU struck first with an RBI single in the top of the fourth. However, the Cougars answered with three runs in the bottom frame. With one out, Crumpton singled and Heebner walked. After the pair moved up to second and third, respectively, Williams cleared the bases with a two-out, home run to left field for the 3-1 final.
Savannah Heebner (W, 25-8) | 7.0 IP, CG, 9 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K
Houston advances to the Semifinals of The American Championship and will face No. 6 seed Tulsa at 1 p.m. CT, Friday. For the Championship Central page, Click Here.
COUGAR SOFTBALL STADIUM UPGRADES
Thanks to a record year for the Diamond Club, Houston Softball announced the addition of an LED, Daktronics video board (completed) and indoor practice facility as major upgrades to Cougar Softball Stadium.
According to Daktronics, the new outfield video board is the sixth largest at an on-campus softball stadium in the country and the second largest in the state of Texas. The board, which sits just beyond the left-field wall, stands 29-feet-3.1-inches tall and measure 24-feet-4.0-inches wide with 576 square feet of space (24-feet by 24-feet) for live video, instant replays, statistics and scoring information, graphics and animations, and sponsor messages. The display features a 13HD pixel layout for crisp, clear imagery for a great view from every seat at the stadium.
The indoor facility, which will replace the current batting cage down the right-field line, will measure 70-feet by 80-feet. The 5,600-square-foot space will feature five batting cages, measuring 60-feet long by 15-feet wide each, with retractable nets for the space to be used in a variety of ways. The facility will have a synthetic turf floor and will be temperature controlled.
In total, the two capital projects represent $1.2 million in upgrades.
The Houston Athletics Ticket Office is once again proud to offer the Shasta Pass for the 2017-18 season. For just $80, Cougar fans can purchase one Shasta Pass, which allows season-long general admission entrance to all Houston Volleyball, Soccer, Women's Basketball and Softball home games.
The Shasta Pass offers Houston fans a substantial saving as single-game tickets start at $5 for all four sports. To purchase a Shasta Pass, call 713-GO-COOGS or CLICK HERE.
JOIN DIAMOND CLUB
Fans can help support the Houston Softball program by joining the Diamond Club. To find out more information about the Diamond Club, visit UHCougars.com or call Cougar Pride at (713) 743-GoUH. For more information, CLICK HERE.