Rockford drafts UH’s Wagner

UH softball outfielder Laurie Wagner was selected by the Rockford Thunder with the No. 3 overall pick in the National Pro Fastpitch 2009 Senior Draft on Tuesday in Akron, Ohio.
In 2008, Wagner’s junior campaign set a UH and Conference USA single-season record for home runs with 19. She also led the Cougars in RBIs (57), doubles (41) and on-base percentage (.498).

These impressive statistics, along with helping the Cougars reach their first NCAA super regional, landed Wagner a spot on the All-Conference USA first team and the NFCA All-American third team.

‘I am very excited for Laurie,’ head coach Kyla Holas said in a release. ‘This is huge for this program and for her. She has worked really hard to see success like this, and I am glad things are continuing to pay off for her.”

Mustangs make trip to Hofheinz

After losing its first home game of the season to Texas-El Paso on Saturday, the UH women’s basketball team hopes to rebound when it hosts Southern Methodist at 7 p.m. Friday at Hofheinz Pavilion

The Cougars (16-8, 8-4 C-USA) sit in fifth place in C-USA, one game behind the Mustangs (16-9, 9-3). UH dropped a 59-56 decision to SMU on Jan. 29 in Dallas.

Friday’s game will give the Cougars a chance to avenge their earlier loss to SMU and climb back into a top four spot in the conference. If UH finishes the regular season in fifth place or lower, it will not receive a first-round bye in the Conference USA Tournament.
After the Cougars face SMU, they will host Tulsa at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Softball to host tourney

For the second consecutive weekend, the UH softball team will host a tournament, this time, hosting the Mariott Houston Invitational at Cougar Softball Stadium Friday through Sunday. The competition includes Texas A&M, Illinois, Northern Illinois and Prairie View A&M.

UH’s will kick off its portion of the event against Illinois at 5 p.m. Friday. The Cougars will play McNeese State after the conclusion of their game with Illinois.

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