May 18, 2008
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team advanced to the program's first ever NCAA Softball Super Regional Sunday with a 2-1 win over Washington in the Houston Regional Final at Cougar Softball Stadium.
Houston (53-9) won its third straight game and allowed only one run in regional competition. Washington closes its season 30-25-1.
The Cougars advance to the Super Regional round for the first time in program history. Last season, UH advanced to the College Station Regional Final, but fell to Texas A&M.
Houston, the No. 8 National Seed, will play host to either Lousiana Lafayette or LSU next weekend at Cougar Softball Stadium. Game dates and times for the best-of-three series will be announced later Sunday night. The winner of the Super Regional will advance to the 2008 Women's College World Series, set to take place from May 28-June 4 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Cougars were led by junior Haley Valis. Valis hit a home run over center field in the fifth inning to give Houston the early 1-0 lead. The home run is her 10th on the year, making her the fourth Cougar to reach double-digit home runs this season.
The Huskies avoided a shutout when Morgan Stuart hit a home run over center field in the top of the seventh inning.
Angel Shamblin pitched the complete game moving to 35-3 in the circle. She allowed two hits and one run, while striking out seven.
In three Regional contests, Shamblin went 3-0, giving up three hits one run while notching 23 strikeouts with a 0.37 ERA.
NCAA Super Regional all-session tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office in the Athletic Alumni Center with cash, check or credit card or online at UHCougars.com.
Super Regional tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youths. The all-session package will get you tickets to both days game next weekend. Only
all-session packages are available prior to game day.