James Garners The American Player of the Week Honors

April 9, 2018

Official Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- University of Houston sophomore second baseman Arielle James was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.

James led the Cougars with a .667/.733/.688 slash and four multi-hit games across the team’s midweek bout with Texas and weekend series at USF. For the week, the native of Moore, Okla., went 10-for-15 with one double, four RBI, three runs scored, two stolen bases and a hit by pitch.

Against the Longhorns on Tuesday, James finished 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and stolen base in aiding the team to a 3-1 win in Houston’s 12th Annual Striking Out Breast Cancer Game at Cougar Softball Stadium.

At USF, she finished 8-for-12, including a pair of three-hit games, with four RBI, two runs scored, one stolen base and a hit by pitch. The three-hit performances tie her career high, a mark achieved six times on the season and eight overall.

The American Player of the Week nod is the first of her career and second for the Cougars on the season after senior shortstop Mariah Garcia picked up the laurel after opening weekend.

Houston returns to action with a doubleheader on Wednesday at Lamar. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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 is the fifth largest at an on-campus softball stadium in the country and the largest in the state of Texas. The board, which sits just beyond the left-field wall, stands 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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