HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team was defeated by Sam Houston State 4-0 on Wednesday evening at Baseball/Softball USA. With this win the Bearkats improve to 15-25 on the year and tie the season series with Houston at 1-1. UH won 7-3 in the previous meeting between the two teams back on February 27 in Huntsville.
After scoring one run in the first inning and adding three more runs in the second, the Bearkats never relinquished the lead shutting down a Cougar offense that produced just three hits on the day.
Houston appeared to be on the verge of a big inning in the bottom of the first when a pair of singles from leftfielder Riane Netardus and shortstop Ali McDougall put two Cougars on base. With two outs and runners on first and second, designated player Arelis Ferreris walked to load the bases, but a ground out to third would end the rally.
Freshman hurler Allison Thompson, who missed much of the early season while recovering from shoulder surgery, started on the mound for UH, but threw just 1.1 innings after surrendering three hits. Thompson was relieved by Jamie Falco who was solid for the Cougars, allowing just two hits while striking out seven in 5.2 innings to hold off the SHSU scoring attack. With the loss Houston falls to 15-25 on the season and they will next be in action against Conference USA foe Charlotte for a double-header on Saturday April 14 and one final game on Sunday April15. Action will begin at 1:00 p.m. on both days.
College Softball Linescore
Sam Houston State 130 000 0 -- 4 5 0 Houston 000 000 X -- 0 3 2
Dixon and Robertson, Falco and Cote. WP- Dixon (5-2) LP - Thompson (0-1) Save- none. 2B- none. 3B- none. HR- none. Time- 1:45. Att- 108.
Team Records- SHSU 15-25, Houston 15-25