Weekend review: Baseball, track and field pick up big weekend wins
Despite having no events on Sunday, Easter weekend remained busy for Cougars athletics. Baseball pulled off a sweep over George Washington University, softball opened conference play and track and field traveled to Rice University for one of its first outdoor meets of the season.
In their final tune-up before the big matchup against No. 2 Texas A&M University on Tuesday, the No. 16 Cougars who are 16-7 completed their three-game sweep over the George Washington Colonials following a 5-2 victory on Friday and a 14-0 stomping on Saturday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
The Houston rotation continued its dominance with Andrew Lantrip giving up two runs on five hits and walking none in 7.2 innings Friday night, improving on his nation leading 44:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and sophomore Seth Romero giving up only one hit and striking out seven in 8 scoreless innings Saturday, his second one-hitter in as many weeks.
Freshman first baseman Joe Davis added to his already strong run-producing ways, going 3-8 with a home run, his sixth of the year, and 5 RBIs for a conference-leading 31 on the season.
The Cougars dropped their opening series of American Athletic Conference play, going 1-2 against Tulsa, picking up a 2-1 victory on Friday and falling 3-8 on Saturday. Senior pitcher Julana Shrum was lights out from the mound giving up one run on four hits in 5.2 innings with junior pitcher Shelby Miller providing 1.1 perfect innings of relief in Friday’s victory.
Senior outfielder Katie St. Pierre went 4-7 with 3 RBIs and bringing her reached base steak to 31 straight and picking up the 56th stolen base of her career, five away from tying the career record at UH.
The Cougars were unable to get back on track losing their seventh straight to No. 46 Dartmouth 6-1 in Hanover, New Hampshire on Saturday. Rocio Martin picked up the lone point for the Cougars in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 singles victory.
In doubles play, Martin and Desponia Vogasari dropped their first match in over a month 6-2 in a tough battle against the No. 16 doubles team according to ITA rankings.
Track and Field
The Cougars competed in the Victor Lopez Classic at Rice, picking up four individual and two relay wins on Friday and Saturday. Senior Selena Sierra started her outdoor season strong Friday night, winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 10:49.50, good for fourth best in school history.
Junior Alex Garza started Saturday morning off right for the Cougars picking up a victory in the shot put, with his throw of 17.06m besting the competition by over half a meter. The men’s 4×100-meter relay continued to impress, easily picking up victory with a 39.66, the fourth fastest time in the NCAA this season.
Senior Isaac Williams won the 110-meter hurdles for the second straight week and senior LeShon Collins took the 100-meter dash, just missing his personal best with a 10.36.
The Cougars ended the meet on a high note after the 4×400-meter relay team ran the 11th fastest time in the nation this season, picking up the victory with a 3:09.96 just .03 seconds ahead of Texas Southern University.