PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- University of Houston freshman designated player Tierrah Williams was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Williams led the team with a 1.000/2.200/1.000 slash across the Cougars’ series against Memphis. The native of Humble, Texas, finished 5-for-5 with two home runs, including a grand slam, two walks, eight RBI and two runs scored.
After getting a pinch-hit single in the series opener on Friday, Williams went 2-for-2 in each of the final two games of the series.
In Sunday’s regular-season finale against Memphis, Williams highlighted the offense with a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. In total, she finished 2-for-2 with a career-high five RBI and one run scored along with one walk. The grand slam was her second of the season and overall career. Williams recorded a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam in a 6-2 victory over Eastern Kentucky on March 17 at Cougar Softball Stadium.
The American Player of the Week nod is the first of her career and fourth for the Cougars on the season. Senior shortstop Mariah Garcia picked up the laurel following opening weekend and sophomore second baseman Arielle James and sophomore third baseman Sarah Queen garnered the honor in weeks nine and 12.
In addition, junior Savannah Heebner was named to The American Weekly Honor Roll. Heebner posted a 2-0 record in the circle, compiling a 0.58 ERA with two complete games. The native of Sedalia, Colo., recorded 11 strikeouts to one walk.
On Sunday, Heebner tossed a one-hitter, carrying a no-hit bid into the fifth inning in a 8-0, run-rule victory over Memphis. The shutout was her 12th of the season, tying Angel Shamblin (2007) for the second-most all-time at Houston in a single season. Overall, the victory was the 48th of Heebner’s career, tying her with Bailey Watts (2010-13) for second all-time in program history.
Houston opens postseason play with The American Championship across May 10-12 at USF Softball Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The Cougars, who enter as the No. 2 seed, will play No. 7 seed ECU on Thursday. First pitch is slated for 11:30 a.m. on The American Digital Network. For the Championship Central page, Click Here.
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 sixth largest at an on-campus softball stadium in the country and the second 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.