Softball Opens Conference USA Play at East Carolina

    Softball enters the weekend 8-9.
    Softball enters the weekend 8-9.
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    March 6, 2009

    HOUSTON--The University of Houston softball team opens Conference USA play on the road in Greenville, N.C. against East Carolina in a three-game series. The series gets underway with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. CT, with the second game schedule for 1 p.m. CT. The series will conclude Sunday at 11 a.m. CT.

    The Cougars (8-9) enter the series after losing to Texas A&M, 6-2 at Cougar Softball Stadium Wednesday.

    Senior Elaina Nordstrom leads the Cougars in batting average at .457, hitting two home runs and two doubles this season. She also leads in walks with 16.

    Nordstrom went 2-for-3 with one RBI in the game against Texas A&M.

    In the circle, sophomore Baillie Lott is 4-4 with 23 strikeouts, while sophomore Amanda Crabtree is 4-5 with 53 strikeouts and one save.

    The Pirates (9-5) enter the series on a five-game winning-streak, after beating Towson, 2-1 and Fordham, 9-2 in the Pirate Classic.

    East Carolina is led by Jessica Johnson with a batting average of .318. She is 14-for-44 with four doubles, one home run and six RBIs this season.

    The Pirates have a combined 33 RBIs, with Kaui Tom leading with seven.

    Toni Paisley leads the Pirates in the circle with her ERA of 1.80 and winning record of 6-2. She has struck out 69 this season.

    Also in the circle is Caitlin Wainright who has an ERA of 1.40 and record of 2-2. She has struck out 15.

    Fans can follow live stats by clicking the Gametracker link on the softball page at

    Next Up
    The Cougars will open C-USA play at Cougar Softball Stadium against Tulsa in a three game series beginning Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and conclude on Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m.



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