TAMPA, Fla. -- The No. 2 seeded University of Houston Softball team fell 7-3 to No. 6 seed Tulsa in the Semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship on Friday afternoon at USF Softball Stadium.
With the decision, the Cougars, who are receiving votes in the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll, fall to 36-20 overall, while the Golden Hurricane improve to 32-23.
Sophomore second baseman Arielle James and freshman designated player Tierrah Williams each turned in multi-hit efforts. James finished 2-for-3 with a home run, walk, two RBI and one run scored, while Williams, who entered took over at first base in the seventh inning, finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
In the circle, junior Savannah Heebner fell to 25-9. The native of Sedalia, Colo., surrendered five runs (four earned) in three and two-third innings pitched before giving way to junior Presley Bell for the remainder of the game. Bell issued two runs across the final three and one-third innings.
Junior catcher Brooke Vannoy made her 106th-consecutive start behind the plate dating back to Houston's 7-3 win over Boston College on Feb. 12, 2017, at Cougar Softball Stadium.
UPDATE: At the conclusion of The American Championship, James and Williams were named to the All-Tournament Team. Across two games, James finished 3-for-6 with a home run, walk, two RBI and one runs scored, while Williams went 7-for-3 with a three-run home run and three runs scored.
1st | Tulsa scored two runs in the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead.
4th | The Golden Hurricane added three more runs in the top of the fourth. In the bottom frame, Williams singled to left center and advanced to second base on a wild pitch before taking advantage of a throwing error on a dropped third strike to cut it to 5-1.
5th | With one out in the bottom of the fifth, James homered to left field to make it 5-2.
6th | The Cougars added another run on a bases-loaded walk in the sixth. With two outs, James plated Williams via a free pass to make it 5-3.
7th | Tulsa tacked on two runs in the seventh en route to the 7-3 final.
The Cougars will await their postseason fate with the NCAA Selection Show airing at 9 p.m. CT, Sunday on ESPN2.
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.