Softball – UH sweeps Southern Miss.
The Cougars brought their best this weekend, closing out a sweep of Southern Miss with an 11-0 victory Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss.
The Cougars (21-12, 5-4 Conference USA) dominated the Golden Eagles from the mound and in the batter’s box, never trailing at any point during the series and outscoring Southern Miss 26-2 over the three-game set.
Donna Bourgeois and Amanda Crabtree combined to pitch 20 innings without allowing an earned run.
Crabtree opened the series by no-hitting the Golden Eagles, her third of the season. Crabtree was dominant, striking out 13.
She did not allow a hit in either of her two relief appearances against Southern Miss. For the weekend, she pitched 11-and-one-third scoreless innings, striking out 25 and only allowing three walks. She ranks second in strikeouts in C-USA with 186, trailing leader Toni Paisley of East Carolina by one punch-out.
Bourgeois picked up wins each of her two starts to improve to 7-6 on the season.
At the plate, the Cougars opened the series with a 5-0 victory and reached double digits in their final two to close the series out.
Melissa Gregerson carried the Cougars at the dish. She was 5-for-8 over the Cougars’ two victories in Saturday’s doubleheader with three home runs, five runs scored and four RBI.
In the series finale she was hitless, but did draw three walks.
Brooke Lathan also had a standout weekend for the Cougars, going 5-for-8 with three runs and four RBI.
The Cougars will look to keep the momentum going when they open a three-game series against Marshall at 1 p.m. at Cougar Softball Stadium as part of an afternoon double-header. The second game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and the series finale will be played at noon April 3.