May 24, 2008
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team earned a game two win over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday at Cougar Softball Stadium. With the 6-4 win over the Ragin' Cajuns, Houston forced a game three in the best of three series.
Houston (54-10) is 3-8 in the all-time series against Louisiana-Lafayette and 7-5 all-time in postseason play.
Louisiana-Lafaytte put up two runs in the first and fifth inning on two Cajun home runs.
Senior Angel Shamblin gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning to Vanessa Soto to give Louisiana-Lafayette the early 1-0 lead. The Ragin Cajuns followed it up in the bottom of the fifth with another solo home run by Holly Tankersley.
The Cougars began a late rally in the top of the sixth inning. With bases loaded, senior Amanda Grote singled to centerfield to score junior Katie Bush who reached base on a walk. Freshman Jennifer Klinkert evened the score reaching home after Ashley Brignac pitched an illegal pitch to junior Haley Valis.
With a 2-1 count, Haley Valis was hit by a pitch, loading the bases once again. With two outs, junior Christa Raley was hit by pitch, walking in another run. Junior Jessica Valis would single down the left field line and score both Grote and Haley Valis to move Houston ahead 5-2.
The Ragin's Cajuns scored one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it wouldn't be enough to win the game.
Shamblin is now 36-4 in the circle. She allowed three runs, nine hits, three walks and struck out two. The two strikeouts are her lowest total since she struck out one batter in a 17-2 win over Marshall in five innings on March 15.
Houston will complete the series against Louisiana-Lafayette with a 3 p.m. game. The winner of the match-up will advance to the 2008 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., on May 29-June 4.