HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Softball team travels up Interstate 10 to Beaumont, Texas, on Wednesday to face Lamar in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.
Both games will be streamed via Facebook Live on Lamar's Big Red Sports Network page.
|UP TO THE PLATE|
Wednesday, April 11
| 4/6 p.m. | Houston at Lamar
LU Softball Complex | Beaumont, Texas
|Live Stats | Live Stream|
Houston, which is 24-14, is coming off a 2-2 week. The Cougars defeated Texas, 3-1, in their 12th Annual Striking Out Breast Cancer Game. Sophomore first baseman Kelli Montgomery provided all the offense needed in the win with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first, the first of her career. At USF, the Cougars rallied to score nine runs in the top of the seventh inning to win 9-1 in the series opener on Friday night before falling 3-2 and 7-4 across the final two games
Last week, sophomore second baseman Arielle James went 10-for-15 with one double, four RBI, three runs scored, two stolen bases and a hit by pitch. For her efforts, she was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week. The conference 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.
On the season, the Cougars are outscoring the opposition, 177-100.
Houston leads The American in hit by pitch (36), while senior left fielder Kaylin Crumpton holds the top individual mark with 17, ranking sixth in the NCAA. Sophomore second baseman Arielle James (8) and junior catcher Brooke Vannoy (6) are tied for second and rank fifth in HBP, respectively.
Entering Wednesday, James ranks second in The American in batting average (.403) and hits (52), also tied for second in doubles (10), while sophomore third baseman Sarah Queen is tied for sixth in home runs (6), eighth in slugging percentage (.568) and 10th in batting average (.364). As a team, Houston is batting .291.
In the circle, junior Savannah Heebner leads the Cougars with a 16-5 record and 0.98 ERA. Heebner's ERA leads The American and sits 17th in the NCAA, while her total wins rank third in the conference and 17th nationally. On the season, she has tossed seven shutouts, a mark that is tied for eighth in the nation. She also ranks second the league in opponent batting average (.190). Pitchers Presley Bell (3-3) and Trystan Melancon (5-6) have 2.27 and 2.96 ERAs, respectively. The staff carries a 1.78 ERA, a mark that leads The American and sits 16th in the NCAA.
The Last Meeting
April 4, 2017
Cougar Softball Stadium
ON THE OPPONENT
Houston is 8-2 all-time against Lamar and 3-1 in trips to Beaumont, Texas.
The Cardinals enter Wednesday with a 22-18 record.
On the season, Lamar is hitting .274 as a team and owns a 3.66 ERA.
Savana Guidry leads the team with a .346 batting average, while Kelly Meeuwsen is hitting .341. The two Cardinals rank third and fourth in the Southland Conference with 44 and 43 hits, respectively.
In the circle, Laura Napoli leads the team with a 10-9 record and 3.11 ERA. She ranks second in the SLC with four saves.
Lamar is led by Head Coach Holly Bruder. She is 161-164 in her sixth season with the Cardinals and 421-365 in her 16th overall season as a head coach.
Lamar, which had softball from 1983 to 1987, brought softball back in the 2013 season.
After Wednesday, the Cougars return to Cougar Softball Stadium to host Wichita State in a three-game series starting Friday.
COUGAR SOFTBALL STADIUM UPGRADES
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.
JOIN DIAMOND CLUB
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.