Oct. 2, 2010
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team will look to tally its first win of the fall season on Sunday after dropping the first two games of the Spring Klein College Classic on Saturday.
Senior Amanda Crabtree racked up 11 strikeouts in the first game and freshman Diedre Outon allowed just two runs on five hits in her first start, but each took the loss against Texas A&M and Texas State, respectively.
In a lineup consisting of at least three freshman in each game, senior Angela Spittler led the Cougar offense with two hits on Saturday.
"Crabtree did what we thought she would do," head coach Kyla Holas said. "We're not seeing any surprises from anyone, which is both a good and a bad thing. We're looking for people to step up and lead. I want to see someone step-up and step-out. That's what I've challenged them to do and am hoping to see tomorrow."
Game One | Texas A&M 6, Houston 0
Crabtree threw a complete game against an Aggie squad that finished the season in the nation's top 25 last June. A four-run third damaged the senior's start, as she racked up 11 strikeouts and only walked five.
Freshman Melissa Dumezich countered in the circle for the Aggies, posting a complete game, as well, surrendering just a pair of hits to the Cougar lineup. She recorded 10 strikeouts and walked none in the shutout.
Sophomore Reina Gaber stepped in and belted a single as the second batter of the game, setting what looked to be an early offensive tone. Crabtree struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning to quickly get the Cougars back to the plate. Unfortunately for Houston, the bats went cold and another hit wouldn't come until junior Melissa Gregson's single in the top of the fourth.
With six strikeouts under her belt, Crabtree picked up two quick outs with a runner on second base in the bottom of the third. A throwing error on an infield bunt single pushed a run across and set the table for Rhiannon Kliesing. The A&M junior drove a three-run home run to centerfield, capping off the four spot.
Although Crabtree and the Cougars held the Aggies to two runs through the next three innings, Dumezich had all the offensive support she needed as A&M took the 6-0 win.
Game Two | Texas State 2, Houston 0
Outon and fellow freshman Stesha Brazil made their first start as the Cougar battery against the Bobcats. In her five-plus innings of work, Outon recorded a strikeout and allowed five hits. Brazil was unforgiving to the Texas State base runners, gunning a pair of Bobcats down on the base paths.
Freshman Jordan Masek drove in both runs for Texas State, plating one in the second and another in the fourth that would eventually seal the win.
As they had in game one, the Cougars found it tough to rally back from the deficit. Outon clubbed a double to the right field fence in the fourth and Spittler's heads-up base running earned her a double in the fifth, but UH was unable to string hits together.
A one-out walk in the top of the sixth prompted Holas to bring sophomore Bailey Watts in for Outon to finish the game. Watts struck out one and didn't surrender a hit in her 1.2 innings of relief.
The Cougars threatened in the home half of the sixth, using a pair of walks to lead off the inning. Texas State starter Crystal Alaniz coaxed a pop up and a strikeout to end the threat.
In one last attempt to rally the troops, Spittler knocked a single to right field off of reliever Chandler Hall, but was thrown out trying to hustle out the double.
"I thought we were aggressive, but we were aggressive at the wrong times," Holas said. "The effort was there, but we waited so long to get going that I want to see us to that in the first, second and third innings instead of waiting until the fifth, sixth and seventh."
The Cougars return to the field Sunday morning to take on the Baylor Bears at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude the tournament against Alvin Community College at 2 p.m. All games will be played at Collins Park.