Houston Travels to Face Sam Houston State

March 19, 2013

HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team travels up I-45 to take on Sam Houston State Wednesday evening in Huntsville, Texas. Houston (16-8, 5-1) and the Bearkats (14-15, 3-3) will play at 5 p.m. before Houston returns home and heads to ECU this weekend for a three-game set against the Pirates.

The game against SHSU will be UH's first midweek road tilt of the year and the Cougars are 5-2 away from Houston this year.

The Last Meeting
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February 12, 2012
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Cougars Sweep Hilton Houston Plaza Classic
The No. 20 Houston Cougars softball team beat North Texas and Sam Houston State Sunday afternoon to sweep the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic. Houston outscored their five opponents 37-9 to start the season 5-0.
Houston 10, North Texas 2
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Houston 6, Sam Houston State 4
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Houston went 3-1 last week earning a series win over UCF to improve to 5-1 in Conference USA action. The Cougars have won six of their last seven games and are tied for second in C-USA.

Behind Bailey Watts, Houston has won four straight games that she started, including three last week where she threw 21 innings over three games, had 20 strikeouts and a 0.33 ERA.

Haley Outon ranks No. 10 in the NCAA in walks as the competition has avoided throwing to the slugger. Against the Knights, Outon drew six intentional walks and took six base on balls the series before at

Houston rallied to take a 3-1 win over Purdue at the Seventh Annual Striking Out Breast cancer game against Purdue last Thursday. Holly Anderson hit a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Houston over the Boilermakers 3-1.

The Bearkats (14-15, 3-3) are coming off 4-1 week which saw them sweep Purdue in a doubleheader and take the series at home against Central Arkansas.

Sam Houston State is led at the plate by Tori Benavidez, who was named the Southland Hitter of the Week on Monday after batting .500 during the five-game stretch. Benavidez is batting .420 for the year and leads four SHSU hitters batting above .300. Hillary Adams leads the slugging efforts with nine home runs and 30 RBI on the year.



Shelby Lancaster leads the efforts from the circle with a 7-5 record, 2.89 ERA and 35 strikeouts over 92 innings this year in 17 appearances this year.

Houston holds the advantage in the all-time series posting a decisive 19-2 record against the Bearkats. Houston was won five straight games dating back to the 2011 season.

Houston heads to ECU for a three-game set this weekend.

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