Houston Advances to American Championship Game

May 11, 2017

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -- For the second-straight day sophomore Savannah Heebner and the No. 2 seeded University of Houston Softball team shut out their opponent, downing No. 6 seed East Carolina, 6-0, in the semifinals of the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday afternoon at ECU Softball Complex.

With the win, the Cougars improve to 30-24 overall, while the Pirates close their season at 26-30.

Heebner improved to 15-10 in the circle behind her sixth shutout of the season (second consecutive) and ninth overall of her career. The native of Sedalia, Colo., limited the Pirates to four hits while walking one and striking out three.

Heeber also led the way at the plate going 3-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Redshirt sophomore Sarah Barker and sophomore Maya Thomas each went 2-for-3, respectively. Freshman Breezy Burton hit a two-RBI, pinch-hit double in the bottom of the sixth inning.

4th | Houston ended the stalemate with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Thomas laid down a bunt single to open the frame. After a sacrifice bunt from senior Shelby Miller advanced Thomas to second, she bettered her scoring position by stealing third. With two outs, Barker delivered Thomas on a single through the infield, before Heebner homered one batter later to put the Cougars up 3-0.

6th | Houston added three runs to its lead in the bottom of the sixth. Thomas again laid down a bunt single to lead things off. With one out, Barker singled in the infield to put two runners on. Heebner followed with a single up the middle to plate Thomas. Burton then delivered Barker and Heebner with a pinch-hit double off the left-center wall to cap the 6-0 affair.

Top Offensive Players:
Savannah Heebner | 3-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Sarah Barker | 2-3, RBI, 2 R
Maya Thomas | 2-3, 2 R, SB
Breezy Burton | 1-1, 2B, 2 RBI
Mariah Garcia | 1-3

Pitching Breakdown:
Savannah Heebner (W, 15-10) | 7.0 IP, CG, SHO, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

The Cougars advance to The American Championship's title game where they will see the winner of No. 1 seed Tulsa and No. 5 seed Memphis in an 11 a.m. CT first pitch on Saturday. The game will be carried on ESPN and can be found here. Houston is making its first appearance in the championship game.

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