PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- After a stellar opening weekend, University of Houston senior shortstop Mariah Garcia has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
At the Aggie Classic, Garcia led the Cougars with .636/1.182/.714 slash, going 7-for-11 with a double, triple, home run, seven RBI and four runs scored. The Austin native recorded at least one hit in all four games, including a 3-for-4 night against Texas Tech on Saturday in what would prove to be the final game of the tournament with Sunday’s cancellations. The three-hit game is also a career high.
The honor is the first of Garcia’s career and the first for the Cougars on the season.
Tournament play will continue for the Cougars with the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. Houston, making the program’s trip out of the United States, will face Oregon, Ole Miss, Rutgers and Texas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, across Feb. 15-17.
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 will be the fifth largest at an on-campus softball stadium in the country and the largest in the state of Texas. The board, which will sit just beyond the left-field wall, will stand 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.