Cougars rally stalls, fall to No. 22 Texas A&M
It was a cold night in College Station as the Cougars fell to No. 22 Texas A&M 6-3 Wednesday, unable to complete a comeback.
The Cougars left 10 runners on base and weren’t able to rally, scoring only a single run in each of three different innings.
The Aggies got things started in the bottom of the second with a three-run home run to left by first baseman Reagan Boenker, but Houston quickly responded, getting one back in the top of the third when freshman left fielder Kaylin Crumpton made it around after getting hit by a pitch.
The lead went to 6-1 after a string of Aggie hits and a Cougar error proved costly with three unearned runs added in the bottom of the fourth.
Things looked good for the Cougars in the top of the fifth, who loaded the bases after a leadoff single by junior center fielder Katie St. Pierre. Back-to-back doubles by Crumpton and junior shortstop Selena Hernandez brought St. Pierre home with one out in the inning, but Crumpton was thrown out at home trying to score on a grounder back to the pitcher.
After a quick sixth inning, the Cougars had one final shot in the top of the seventh. The Cougars got the leadoff hitter aboard as St. Pierre reached on an error and then was advanced to third on Crumpton’s second double of the night.
Senior right fielder Tiffani McKnight brought St. Pierre home with a sacrifice fly, but it was all the Cougars could plate, stranding two as the game ended.
Crumpton finished 2-3 with two double and one run scored while junior lefty Julana Shrum was credited with the loss after giving up six runs, two earned, on six hits in four innings of work.
The Cougars are off this weekend and will look to rebound March 3 as they host their crosstown rivals, the Houston Baptist Huskies, for a doubleheader with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.