Softball Closes Out Regular Season Against UTEP This Weekend
May 2, 2008
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball team closes out the 2008 regular season this weekend when they play host to UTEP in a three-game series on May 3-4. Games will start at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday featuring a doubleheader. Prior to the start of the second game on Saturday, Houston will be honoring its four member senior class.
The ninth ranked Cougars (45-8, 18-2 C-USA) have already clinched the Conference USA regular season title for the second consecutive season. This weekend, UH looks to make it back-to-back seasons with at least 20 conference wins.
Houston notched its 45th win this season with a game-one win over Louisiana Lafayette on April 30, setting the program record for single-season wins. The previous best was the 44 wins the Cougars recorded in 2007.
As a team, Houston has already set program records for runs (321), home runs (65), RBI (286) and stolen bases (61). The pitching staff has also set a program record for shutouts with 21.
The Cougars are being led by junior Jessica Valis. The C-USA Preseason Player of the Year and reigning league hitter of the week is batting .446. Junior Laurie Wagner is a close second with a .401 batting average and a team-high 16 home runs. She needs one more home run to tie the single-season record for home runs.
Shamblin is leading all Cougar pitchers with a 0.59 ERA and holds a 28-2 record. She has a school record 14 shutouts in 2008.
The Cougars take a 3-3 all-time record against UTEP into this weekend's series. Houston won two of the three games last year in El Paso. The Miners are 29-20 this season and 10-11 in C-USA. Camilla Carrera, who is batting .403, leads UTEP at the plate. Stacie Townsend is leading all pitchers with a 2.41 ERA and holds a 12-10 record.