Cougars top Hurricane, take second in AAC
The Houston softball team extended their win streak to five and took second place in the AAC after taking both ends of a doubleheader in Tulsa Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars made comebacks in each game despite being down in the seventh innings. They finished the day with a 5-4 and 7-3 victory.
Tulsa was able to get out of the gates quickly, scoring two runs on a couple of hits and an error in the first, but Houston quickly responded in the top of the second with a leadoff blast by Shelby Miller.
Following two scoreless innings by both teams, the Cougars we able to tie it up 2-2 on a Selena Hernandez single that brought home Sydney Gerbracht, but the tie wouldn’t last for long as the Golden Hurricanes were able to plate two more in the bottom of the inning.
Houston was able to get one back in the sixth following a double by Courtney Klinger and added two more in the top of the seventh securing the 5-4 victory.
Following a leadoff walk by Katie St. Pierre, a double by Kaylin Crumpton and a single by Miller were able to bring her home. Crumpton scored the winning run when Julana Shrum hit into a fielder’s choice and Tulsa was unable to complete the double play.
Miller picked up the victory for the Cougars giving up four runs, none earned, on six hits and struck out two in a complete game seven innings.
After a short break, the teams were back at it in game two where the offenses took some time to click.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the third when Tulsa scored first on a couple strung-together hits.
The Cougars were able to tie it up 1-1 in the top of the fifth when Miller brought home Crumpton on a groundball to second. Crumpton was able to get on after being hit by a pitch, her team-high 18th of the season.
The Golden Hurricanes were able to go back up 2-1 on a lead-off homerun in the bottom of the sixth but Houston would respond in a big way putting up six in the top of the seventh.
The first seven Cougars were able to reach base safely amid hits, errors and walks, putting up six before all was said and done, emphasized by the Hernandez two-run homerun that gave the Cougars the lead for good.
Shrum was able to pick up her tenth victory of the season for the Cougars, giving up only three runs on nine hits while striking out three in a complete game gem.
The Cougars will look to complete the three-game sweep Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon.