Preview: at McNeese, Tuesday

March 12, 2018

HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Softball will travel to Lake Charles, La., on Tuesday to face McNeese in a 6 p.m. tilt.


Tuesday, March 13

 • 6 p.m. | Houston at McNeese
 Cowgirl Diamond | Lake Charles, La.


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• Houston is coming off a 1-3 showing in the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic. The Cougars suffered decisions to Lipscomb, Northwestern and Iowa State, before bouncing back with a 3-0 shutout of Penn State in the tournament finale.

• Against the Nittany Lions, junior Savannah Heebner tossed a one-hitter, her second of the week. Heebner also threw a one-hitter at Texas Southern on Wednesday in Houston's first midweek game of the season. In both outings, the native of Sedalia, Colo., carried a perfect game through five and two-third innings.

• On the season, the Cougars are outscoring the opposition, 84-39.

• Entering Tuesday, sophomore third baseman Sarah Queen leads the team in batting average (.397), slugging percentage (.651) and RBI (12). As a team, Houston is batting .295.

• In the circle, junior Savannah Heebner leads the team with an 8-2 record and 0.78 ERA. Pitchers Presley Bell and Trystan Melancon have 1.27 and 1.47 ERAs, respectively. The staff carries a 1.09 ERA.

The Last Meeting
April 25, 2017
Lake Charles, La.
Houston Falls 5-4 at McNeese in Extras
The University of Houston Softball team fell 5-4 in eight innings to McNeese on Tuesday night Cowgirl Diamond.

• Houston is 11-7 all-time against McNeese and 2-2 in trips to Lake Charles, La.
• The Cowgirls enter Tuesday with a 16-8 record. McNeese, who was ranked No. 25 last week in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll, is in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Over the weekend, the Cowgirls were swept by Central Arkansas to open Southland Conference play.
• McNeese leads the Southland Conference in batting average (.297), slugging percentage (.460), on-base percentage (.401), home runs (21), RBI (109), runs scored (128), stolen bases (69) and walks (95).
• Two-time All-American and three-time SLC Hitter of the Year Erik Piancastelli leads the SLC in slugging percentage (.758), home runs (6) and doubles (9), while Justyce McClain leads the league in hits (34) and ranks second in batting average (.447) and on-base percentage (.517)
• The Cowgirls are led by Head Coach James Landreneau, who led the team to a 43-18 record his first season at the helm in 2017. In that season, McNeese won the SLC regular-season and tournament titles, for which he was named league's Coach of the Year.

After Tuesday, the Cougars return to Cougar Softball Stadium to host Dartmouth and Eastern Kentucky in the Houston Round Robin across March 17-18.

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.

Follow Houston Softball on Twitter and Instagram at UHCougarSB, and "Like" UHCougarSB on Facebook.

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.



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