No. 10 Softball Prepares to Host ECU This Weekend

    Junior Elaina Nordstrom and the Cougar softball team will play host to ECU on April 12-13.
    Junior Elaina Nordstrom and the Cougar softball team will play host to ECU on April 12-13.
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    April 11, 2008

    HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team will play host to Conference USA rival ECU on April 12-13 at Cougar Softball Stadium. The three-game series will air nationally on CBS College Sports in the Cougar's first television appearance this season. Saturday's doubleheader is slated to begin at 1:30pm and 4pm with the final game on Sunday to start at noon.

    Jason Knapp (play-by-play) and Ann Schatz (analyst) will call the games' action.

    No. 10 Houston is 34-5 overall this season and 10-1 in C-USA. They hold a 12-8 lead in the all-time series against the Pirates. The two programs met four times last season with the Cougars winning three. Their final meeting came in the 2007 C-USA Conference Tournament Championship game with the Cougars coming away with a 1-0 victory.

    UH is fresh off a doubleheader win against UTSA on April 9. Houston won with scores of 3-0 and 5-3 behind three Cougar home runs from freshman Jennifer Klinkert and juniors Laurie Wagner and Elaina Nordstrom.

    Nordstrom also hit a two-run home run in a 10-3 loss to the USA National Team on April 8.

    Wagner leads the team with a .408 batting average. She also has 10 home runs this season, along with Klinkert. The 10 homers are tied for the fifth most home runs in single-season history.

    Pitcher Angel Shamblin has a team and league-best 0.60 ERA. She was recently named a Top 25 Finalist for the 2008 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award and is 20-2 in the circle.

    The Pirates took two games against UNC Wilmington and are 27-18 this season, with a 5-6 mark in C-USA. They are lead at the play by Stacey Andrews' .381 batting average. Pitcher Toni Paisley has a team-best 1.96 ERA and is 4-1.

    Livestats for all University of Houston softball games are available by clicking the Gametracker link on the schedule page at Streaming video for all home games is available by clicking the All-Access link on



    Following the series against ECU, Houston will host a doubleheader against Baylor on April 16 before taking to the road for two-straight C-USA series against Tulsa and UAB.

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