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Cougars back to .500 after sweep in North Texas


After pitching five solid innings and only allowing three hits, pitcher Summer Groholski earned the win. |  Justin Tijerina/The Cougar

Senior pitcher Summer Groholski walked away from game two of the Mean Green double-header with her sixth complete game of the season and her 25th as a Cougar. | File Photo/The Cougar

The Cougars continued their winning ways against the North Texas Mean Green, sweeping a doubleheader 15-2, 4-1 in Denton Wednesday night.

Following a tough weekend in Las Vegas, the Cougars responded well in Denton, totaling 19 runs on 23 hits, including three home runs, while giving up only three runs on 12 hits. The Cougars are now 7-2 over their past nine games.

Houston got the scoring started early, putting up one run in the first when freshman left fielder Kayla Crumpton singled and scored on a North Texas error, but that was just the beginning — the Cougars added six runs in the second to build a 7-0 lead.

Junior first baseman Courtney Klingler led off the second with a home run, her fifth of the season, and was one of five Cougars to record an RBI in the inning.

That was just the first act though as the Cougars once again batted around in the fourth, totaling eight runs on four hits, with the rally closed out by a 2-run Tiffani McKnight bomb.

Sophomore third baseman/pitcher Shelby Miller picked up the win for the Cougars, going four innings in relief of starter Julana Shrum, and gave up two runs on only four hits.

Game Two of the night was all about pitching as Houston senior Summer Groholski picked up her sixth complete game of the season and her 25th as a Cougar after giving up only one run on seven hits in seven innings.

North Texas was the first to strike, scoring on two hits and a Houston error in the second, but the Cougars quickly tied it up 1-1 when a single from junior shortstop Selena Hernandez brought home senior second baseman Kayla Holland.

The Cougars added three more in the next inning on a Shrum sac fly and a two-out two-run home run by Holland, her third of the season.

The Cougars look to bring their winning streak to five next Wednesday as they travel to Waco for a doubleheader against the Baylor Bears, with Game One set to begin at 4 p.m.

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