Opening weekend brings a split for UH

The Cougars began their fall season with a four-game split at the Spring Klein College Classic on Saturday and Sunday.

UH (2-2) began play with a 4-1 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, but followed with a 9-5 win over UTSA.

The Cougars followed that with a loss to Baylor on Sunday, but rebounded behind a strong pitching performance and a home run by sophomore Diedre Outon.

Outon is the lone holdover from last season’s Conference USA regular season champion pitching staff that was built around Amanda Crabtree and Donna Bourgeois. Last season, Outon went 6-3 with a 1.73 ERA in 60 2/3 innings.

“We have a lot of work to do in that area,” head coach Kyla Holas said. “They are very young.

“I do think it is going to take the right personnel. Right now we do not have everyone healthy and ready. That is something that, come January, we can have a different conversation about.”

Despite the split results, Holas was pleased with several aspects from the weekend.

“I thought that defensively we had some good rotations and plays,” Holas said. “I also think a few times, offensively we were able to manufacture some runs.

“We have two pitchers injured right now; that’s why we were so deep into our pitching staff. Hopefully the season will go a little bit better than that. We just have to get through the fall right now.”

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