May 16, 2014
HOUSTON - Houston Softball suffered a 2-1 walk-off loss to Tulsa in the opening game of the 2014 NCAA Waco Regional. The Cougars play tomorrow against the losing team between Baylor and Northwestern State at 2:30 p.m. in an elimination game.
“We have to use this as motivation now,” said head coach Kyla Holas. “We can’t hang our heads because we played a good game up until the very end. We need to go get focused and get ready for two games tomorrow.”
The Golden Hurricane (51-7) scored both of their runs in the seventh inning to claim the walk-off victory over Houston. A solo home run by Haley Henshaw tied the game up at 1-1 in the seventh before a bases-loaded single from Catherine Horner gave TU the win.
Both teams struggled to score on the afternoon as the two pitchers settled into a scoreless pitching duel through the first four innings. Diedre Outon (15-10) took the loss for UH throwing 6.1 innings and surrendered both earned runs before turning the ball over to Julana Shrum for the final frame. Tulsa’s Aimee Creeger improved to 28-1 with the win.
Houston was able to crack the scoreboard first grabbing a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning.
Jordan Rains, who celebrated her 20th birthday today, beat out an infield single to start the fifth inning. The next batter for UH, Kendra Cullum, took her 88th career hit by pitch, to move Rains over to second and then leadoff batter Selena Hernandez put UH on top with an RBI single to left center.
Hernandez took second on the throw and the Cougars were poised to blow the game wide open when Haley Outon’s long fly ball became caught up in the jetstream and held short of heading over the fence by a couple of feet, preventing a potential three-run homer.
The two hits in the fifth were the only pair Houston could muster as they fell in the opening round of NCAA Regional play for the second straight year. Houston is now 11-9 in NCAA Regional Game in program history.
Houston faces the losing team between Baylor and Northwestern State tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. The winning team