No. 9 Softball Prepares for Pair of Midweek Match-Ups
April 7, 2008
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team will test itself against he best in the world, taking on the USA National Team April 8 at 7pm at Memorial Park. The game, played on Field 1, is part of a 46-stop Bound for Beijing tour to prepare the USA National Team for 2008 Summer Olympics.
Following the game, Houston will play host a doubleheader against UTSA on April 9. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m., with the second game to follow 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
The Cougars split two games with UCF in Orlando, Fla., on April 5-6. The final game of the series was called due to rain. Houston is 10-1 in Conference USA and 32-5 overall this season.
Junior Laurie Wagner has a team and league-best batting average of .423. The team batting average of .319 leads the league.
In the circle, senior Angel Shamblin has a team and league-best ERA of 0.69. The pitching staff, including senior Barbie Love and freshman Baillie Lott, has a combined 1.10 ERA, which paces C-USA. The Cougars are holding opponents to a combined .168 batting average this season.
About the USA National Team
The two teams have five common opponents, including UCF, Baylor, Louisiana-Lafayette, DePaul and Virginia Tech.
Live stats for the game will be available by going to http://www.usasoftball.com/events.asp?uid=3198. Tickets are available for $20 and more information can be found by going to www.houstonasa.org.
Following the exhibition against Houston, the USA National Team will face North Carolina on April 10.
Danye Holmes leads the Roadrunners with a .367 batting average and also leads the team with a 2.50 ERA. She is 5-5 in the circle this season.
In their last outing, UTSA lost three games in a series against Texas State on April 4-5.
The programs have eight common opponents this season, including Texas, UTEP, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, McNeese State, Baylor, Nicholls State, Texas State and Sam Houston State. The Roadrunners are 7-10 against those teams with a series against Sam Houston State left this season. Houston is 8-0 with Baylor and UTEP remaining on the schedule. Houston had to cancel a doubleheader against Sam Houston State due to weather. Those games have yet to be rescheduled.
Live stats for the double-header can be found by going to www.UHCougars.com and clicking on the gametracker link on the softball schedule.