At the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, Melancon posted a 1-1 record with a 1.75 ERA across eight innings pitched, including being part of a 6-0 shutout against No. 15/18 Ole Miss. The native of Tomball, Texas, limited the Rebels to just five hits across six innings.
The honor is the first of Melancon’s career, while the conference nod is the second for the Cougars on the season after senior shortstop Maria Garcia was named The American Player of the Week for opening weekend.
In addition, sophomore third baseman Sarah Queen was named to the Honor Roll. Queen led the team with a .545 batting average, going 7-for-11 with a double, RBI and run scored across four games in Mexico. Against Rutgers on Saturday, the Houston native tied her career high with three hits.
For her efforts, Queen was named to the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge All-Tournament Team.
The Cougars will return home to host the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational across Feb. 23-25, welcoming Syracuse, UNLV, UTSA and Yale to Cougar Softball Stadium.
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.