Houston Hosts Pair of Texas Schools In Midweek Contests

Houston Softball
When: Tuesday - Feb. 26 | 6:30 p.m.
HBU vs. UH
Wednesday - Feb. 27 | 5:30 p.m.
Where: Cougar Softball Stadium
Online: vs. HBU Video | Live Stats
vs. UTSA Video | Live Stats
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team hosts a pair of Texas teams this week as HBU crosses town on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) and the Cougars take on the UTSA Road Runners on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.). Wednesday's game against UTSA serves as UH Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day with all faculty and staff receiving discounted tickets and opportunities for prizes and more throughout the game.

Tuesday vs. HBU
Cougar Red Out - The first 75 fans through the gate will receive an official 2013 Houston Softball T-Shirt All fans are encouraged to wear red.

Wednesday vs. UTSA
Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day - All UH faculty and staff with a valid UH ID will be able to purchase a discounted ticket for only $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Athletics Alumni Center during normal business hours or at the ticket booth on game day. Raffles for different prizes will be held throughout the game and all Houston Faculty/Staff in attendance will automatically be entered just for attending the game!

After opening the season hosting back-to-back tournaments, the Cougars (7-4) enjoyed a bit of rest last weekend with no games scheduled. A busy week is on tap for Houston with six games in three different cities and stadiums on the slate.

Senior Holly Anderson has held the leadoff batting position for most of the year and has swung the bat at a team-leading .429 clip. Junior catcher Haley Outon has found her power stroke with three long balls in 26 at bats with 11 RBI and seven walks so far.

Bailey Watts and Summer Groholski both sport 3-1 records with Julana Shrum posting a 1-0 record with no earned runs allowed through 11 innings of work in her freshman campaign.

Houston holds the series edge on UTSA with a 9-5 record including four straight wins. Junior Haley Outon started her NCAA-tying home run streak (Six consecutive games with a home run) last year against the Road Runners in San Antonio.

The Cougars are 2-0 with an 11-0 run differential against their crosstown-competitors HBU in the all-times series.

HBU (4-1) enters the midweek game carried by a group of four pitchers who all sport sub-2.00 ERA. Sarah Shotton leads the crew with 10.2 IP and 11 strikeouts. Kristen Schwirtlich has hit three home runs with 13 RBI for the team lead in the power categories.

UTSA (8-7) went 2-3 at the Texas A&M Invitational picking up wins over SE-Louisiana and Purdue over the weekend. UTSA has two hitters with four home runs a piece (Megan Low and Vivian Tijerina) that pace the team in power hitting. Both have double-digit RBI numbers as Low leads the team with 15 runs driven in and 16 hits. Halyee Staton is the top pitcher for the Road Runners, appearing in 11 games with a 5-1 record and 1.58 ERA.

Follow along with Houston Cougar Softball this season on Facebook (HoustonCougarSoftball), Twitter (@UHCougarSB) and Instagram (houstoncougars). Stay tuned to UHCougars.com for live stats and news on the program.

Houston plays outside of Cougar Softball Stadium for the first time this upcoming weekend as they travel for The Preview tournament hosted at ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City (Okla.). UH plays OU in Norman on Sunday before returning home.


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