Softball Travels to No. 25 Louisiana
April 17, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team (29-12, 12-3) travels to take on the No. 25 Ragin Cajuns on Wednesday evening at Lamson Park in Lafayette, Louisiana.
LAST TIME OUTHouston is 10-2 over their last 12 games including going 4-0 last week. The Cougars claimed their third C-USA series sweep of the year by posting wins over UTEP with two run-rule victories (17-2 and 10-1) bookending the 10-7 victory. Houston topped Jackson State 3-2 on Tuesday.
Haley Outon belted two grand slams in back-to-back innings against UTEP on Saturday fueling her C-USA Hitter of the Week award. The junior became the sixth player in NCAA history to hit two grand slams in the same game and set a program record with eight RBIs in Houston's 10-7 win. In Houston's 17-2 win, the Cougars tied a school record drawing 11 walks in the game including nine to begin the contest. Holly Anderson provided more ammo going 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI
ON HOUSTONHouston has the top batting average in C-USA at .298 with Katie St. Pierre and Holly Anderson locked in a tie for the team lead (.387). Cleanup hitter Haley Outon is just behind the two table setters with a .377 average while leading the league in home runs (12), RBI (43), total bases (87), slugging (.821), on base (.537) and walks (37). Kendra Cullum leads the nation in hit by pitches (25) and sacrifice hits (19) while tied for the league lead in runs (38).
Junior Bailey Watts leads UH's efforts within the circle and ranks No. 4 in the conference with a 2.10 ERA. Watts picked up her first save of the season in her last appearance and is 15-4 on the year.
ON LOUISIANAThe Ragin Cajuns are 30-11 on the year and 16-2 at home while riding a 12-game winning streak. Currently third in the Sun Belt (11-4), Louisiana as a team is batting .331 with two batters above .400 (Nerissa Myers, .418 and Sarah Draheim, .412). Draheim is second on the squad with 10 home runs with Shellie Landry leads the team with 11 long balls and 45 RBI.
Jordan Wallace, fresh off an 18-strikeout performance against Middle Tennessee State and being named the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week, leads UL with a 1.87 ERA, a 19-6 record and 226 strikeouts.
ALL-TIME SERIESHouston is 6-14 against Louisiana all time and the two teams have faced each other every year since 2007. Since the yearly started, the series is 6-9 with both teams ruining NCAA post season hopes. UL ended the Cougars' run at the 2008 Super Regionals while Houston took revenge with a pair of wins at the 2011 Austin Regional.
The two teams played a tightly-contested doubleheader last year with the Cajuns sweeping the series by winning 12-7 in the ninth inning in game one and took the 3-2 win in the second game. The two teams blasted eight home runs during the very windy conditions last season.
ON THE SERIESHouston's head coach Kyla Holas was an All-American student-athlete at Louisiana from 1991-94. Holas holds multiple school records to this day and her .839 winning percentage as a pitcher still ranks in the top 15 for a career in NCAA history.
LOOKING AHEADOver the next week, Houston will face No. 25 Louisiana (twice), No. 23 Tulsa in a three-game series and on the road at No. 19 Baylor for another doubleheader. Houston has also played No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Alabama, No. 6 Texas this year.
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IN THE POLLSHouston is receiving votes in both polls and checks in at No. 45 in the latest RPI.
PRESEASON ALL CONFERENCE USA TEAMHaley Outon - Preseason Player of the Year, Preseason First Team (C)
Holly Anderson - Preseason First Team (IF)
Reina Gaber - Preseason First Team (DP)
2013 C-USA Preseason Poll (1st place votes)1. Tulsa (6)
2. Houston (1)
6. East Carolina (1)
7. Memphis (1)
8. Southern Miss
2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch ListHaley Outon was one of 50 student-athletes named to the ASA/USA Softball watch list for Player of the Year honors. The Pflugerville (Texas) native was one of four catchers and the only player from C-USA named to the watch list.
HEAD COACH Kyla HolasHead coach Kyla Holas embarks in her 13th season at the UH helm. As the sole coach in program history, she has guided Houston to the NCAA postseason once in the program program's first, to becoming a fixture with four NCAA Regional appearances, and two Super Regional series, over the past six years.
RECORD GRADESThe current class of Houston Cougar softball members has increased the team's record GPA each semester since they arrive to campus and the incoming freshman class in the fall only added to that. Thirteen teammates made school honor roll while the team posted a 3.43 cumulative GPA and a 3.59 semester average.
Houston was bestowed with the 2012 Conference USA Sport Academic Award for the highest GPA in the conference as 18 members of the team made Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Every member of the team was named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll this year, including Bailey Watts who finished her degree in History last semester and is in her
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT (FIRE AWAY)Kendra Cullum leads the nation with 25 hit by pitches. The junior has bested her own school record of 21 that she set last year. Including her six hit by pitches at Kansas her freshman year, the Conroe (Texas) native ranks No. 10 in NCAA history with 52 in her career.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING...NOTThe Cougars wins at BYU ended BYU's 42-game home non-conference winning streak that dated back to 2006. Houston also ended Texas A&M's 34-game home winning streak in 2012 which at the time was the longest in the NCAA. Houston also ended Marshall's 14-game winning streak earlier this season, the longest stretch in the Herd's history.
C-USA PLAYER OF THE WEEKHaley Outon, C-USA Hitter of the Week (April 15, 2013)
Holly Anderson, C-USA Hitter of the Week (March 11, 2013)
SCHOOL RECORD WATCHMost home runs
1. 47 - Kristen Glowacz - 2002-05
2. 39 - Haley Outon - 2011-13
3. 38 - Melissa Gregson - 2009-12
38 - Arelis Ferreris - 2001-04
5. 36 - Elaina Nordstrom - 2006-09
UP NEXTHouston hosts No. 23 Tulsa this weekend with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday and the Sunday matchup beginning at noon.