Softball Set for C-USA Series Against Marshall
April 5, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team (24-10, 8-1) hosts Marshall (23-12, 9-3) this weekend in a Conference USA series between the No. 3 and 4 teams in the league. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. with Sunday's showdown at noon being broadcast on FOX Sports.
ON HOUSTONHouston is 8-2 over their last ten games and winners of five straight after sweeping Lamar on Thursday and BYU last weekend. UH leads C-USA in batting (.291) with three of the top six hitters in the league. Katie St. Pierre riding a program-best 20-game hitting streak leads sits in third (.382) with Holly Anderson (.375) and Haley Outon (.369) fourth and sixth in the conference.
Outon leads all batters with 10 home runs and is swinging for the fences once every eight at bats. Over 25% of Outon's 116 plate appearances have been walks (32_ and she ranks No. 1 in C-USA and No. 6 in the NCAA at 0.97 walks a game.
Bailey Watts leads UH's effort inside the circle sporting a 14-3 record with a 1.84 ERA. Watts is 5-0 within C-USA play.
LAST TIME OUTHouston took Thursday's doubleheader with a pair of walk off wins against Lamar. In the first game of the two-game set, Katie St. Pierre hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Houston the 10-9 win. Trailing 7-3 in the fourth, Houston mounted their largest comeback of the year to take game one. The second game possessed with less drama as the walk off hit clinched UH's 8-0 run-rule victory. Kendra Cullum hit her first career grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to give UH the win.
ON MARSHALLMarshall (23-12, 9-3) enters the weekend series on a 13-game winning streak and have posted three C-USA series sweeps over Southern Miss, UCF and Memphis after being swept by Tulsa to open league play.
Andi Williamson has thrown 199.1 of 238 innings for the Marshall pitching staff this year and sports a 22-11 record. Williamson leads C-USA in strikeouts with 253 thrown, almost 90 more than the No. 2 pitcher. The league leader in wins, innings and appearances sports a 2.21 ERA this year.
Seven batters for Marshall have collected multiple home runs with Alysia Hively leading the pack with seven long balls. The Herd rank No. 3 in the NCAA in steals Kaelynn Greene (22) and Ashley Gue (19) lead the pack in the category.
PROMOTIONSSunday's games is Daddy-Daughter Day with $10 purchasing both an adult and youth ticket. Following the game, fans will be allowed to play catch on the field.
ALL-TIME SERIESHouston leads the all-time series 16-5-1. The 4-4 tie in 2010 is Houston's only draw on a 458-287-1 all-time record.
ON THE SERIESThe Herd is currently ranked third in NCAA for stolen bases with 84, (2.40 per game). Houston has seen the nation's three of the nation's top 10 and held Alabama, Texas and UCF to only one steal in five games.
SEASON TICKETSHouston season tickets are now available online at UHCougars.com or by calling 713-GO-COOGS. Houston Cougar Softball season tickets are flex tickets which allows a single admission for every home game, or the entire lot of 35 for a one-time price of $75.
FOLLOW THE COOGSSunday's game is broadcast on FOX Sports. Check for clearances here. Home games can be viewed on UHCougars.com and Saturday's 1 p.m. game will be broadcast on COOG Radio.
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PRESEASON ALL CONFERENCE USA TEAMHaley Outon - Preseason Player of the Year, Preseason First Team (C)
Holly Anderson - Preseason First Team (IF)
Reina Gaber - Preseason First Team (DP)
2013 C-USA Preseason Poll (1st place votes)1. Tulsa (6)
2. Houston (1)
6. East Carolina (1)
7. Memphis (1)
8. Southern Miss
2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch ListHaley Outon was one of 50 student-athletes named to the ASA/USA Softball watch list for Player of the Year honors. The Pflugerville (Texas) native was one of four catchers and the only player from C-USA named to the watch list.
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT (FIRE AWAY)Kendra Cullum leads the nation averaging 0.57 hit by pitchers per game. The junior set a school record by being hit by a pitch 21 times in 2012 and the batter is on pace to top that in 2013 with 17 this season.
Cullum racked up the bean balls late in 2012, getting plunked 14 times in the final 14 games, including four (school record) in an NCAA Regional game vs. Northwestern. Including her six hit by pitches at Kansas her freshman year, the Conroe (Texas) native ranks No. 19 in NCAA history with 42 in her career.
START ME UPHaley Outon (C), Katie St. Pierre (CF) and Reina Gaber (RF) have started every game and logged every inning at their positions for Houston this season. Bailey Watts has made the most starts in the circle with 15.
RECORD GRADESThe current class of Houston Cougar softball members has increased the team's record GPA each semester since they arrive to campus and the incoming freshman class in the fall only added to that. Thirteen teammates made school honor roll while the team posted a 3.43 cumulative GPA and a 3.59 semester average.
Houston was bestowed with the 2012 Conference USA Sport Academic Award for the highest GPA in the conference as 18 members of the team made Commissioner's Honor Roll.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING...NOTThe Cougars wins at BYU ended BYU's 42-game home non-conference winning streak that dated back to 2006. Houston also ended Texas A&M's 34-game home winning streak in 2012 which at the time was the longest in the NCAA.
RPIHouston moved up five spots from to No. 39 in the second week of the RPI.
RECORD WATCHMost doubles
1. 53 - Kristen Glowacz - 2002-05
2. 35 - Laurie Wagner - 2006-09
3. 34 - Reina Gaber - 2010-13
34 - Laura Durham - 2001-04,06
5. 33 - Arelis Ferreris - 2001-04
Highest batting avg. (min. 200 AB)
UP NEXTHouston takes hosts Jackson State on Tuesday next week before traveling to UTEP for a weekend series.