The Houston Cougar softball team went undefeated at home while the baseball team couldn’t register a victory at Minute Maid Park in last week’s games.
Playing at home in the Houston Red and White Showcase at Cougar Softball Stadium, the Houston Cougars went 4-0 last week, beating Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi twice.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
The Cougars began the tournament with a 5-1 victory over the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks on Friday night.
Savannah Heebner was the winning pitcher, improving to 5-1 for the season. She limited Stephen F. Austin to one run on four hits and struck out two, pitching the entire game.
Arielle James put up two hits and two runs for the Cougars.
The Cougars collected six hits and allowed four from the Ladyjacks.
Sarah Queen plated James for an early 1-0 lead in the first inning to put Houston on the board.
The Cougars scored four runs in the third inning and the Ladyjacks’ lone run of the night came from a solo home run in the seventh inning.
TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
In their first of two games on Saturday, the Cougars defeated the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders 6-0.
Kaylin Crumpton scored on a sacrifice fly from Maria Garcia in the bottom of the second inning.
A three-run homer by Queen made it 4-0 in the fifth frame and the Cougars added two more runs in the sixth.
Maya Thomas went 3-for-4 with two runs while Aspen Howie went 2-for-2 for the Cougars.
Presley Bell pitched a shutout in a complete game effort.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (MARCH 3)
In the second meeting with the Ladyjacks, the Cougars once again had a shutout, this time with Trystan Melancon pitching the entire game.
Houston had five hits while allowing three.
James used a leadoff homer in the third inning to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
The Cougars tacked on two more runs in the fourth.
James and Queen both went 1-for-2 for the Cougars.
TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI (MARCH 4)
In the final game of the weekend, Houston collected 13 hits while allowing three in a 6-1 victory over the Islanders on Sunday afternoon.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the Islanders got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
Houston scored five runs in response in the bottom of the second frame and added one more run in the sixth.
On offense James went 3-for-4 while Heebner went 2-for-3.
Heebner took the win, pitching six innings and Bell pitched for an inning.
The Cougars are now 12-4 overall and 8-0 when playing at Cougar Softball Stadium, marking the program’s best home start since 2008.
The Cougars will take a short trip over to Texas Southern for Wednesday’s game before returning home for the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic.
The Cougars will begin the tournament on Friday against Lipscomb before facing Northwestern and Iowa State on Saturday and closing out against Penn State on Sunday.
Facing tough competition, the Houston Cougars could not get a victory last week as they were dealt losses to No. 6-ranked Kentucky, No. 21-ranked Mississippi State and No. 5-ranked Vanderbilt in the Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
The Cougars began the weekend with a 14-2 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats on Friday.
The Wildcats started off hot and the Cougars could hardly make up any ground.
Kentucky scored five runs in the second inning after jumping out to a 2-0 lead with a single and a two-run homer. A Houston error allowed three more runs by the Wildcats before the inning was over.
Kentucky added to its lead with a pair of runs in the third on a two-run homer.
Kentucky would add three more runs in the top of the fourth inning before Houston finally got on the board. But the damage had already been done.
The Wildcats added insurance runs in the fifth and seventh innings and finished the game with 12 hits to Houston’s seven.
Friendswood alum Lael Lockhart had a team-high of two hits for the Cougars.
Starting pitcher Trey Cumbie suffered his first loss of the year. Trevis Sundgren and Griffin Hattingh each made their collegiate debut in relief.
On Saturday, the Cougars dropped a 3-2 contest in 12 innings.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the third inning before Houston responded in the fourth on a homer by Connor Hollis to tie the game.
Houston went in front in the eighth inning on a Joe Davis RBI-single to bring home Lockhart.
The Bulldogs didn’t take much time to come back, scoring on an RBI-double.
Mississippi State secured the win in the bottom of the 12th inning on a sacrifice fly.
Lockhart, Hollis and Davis each picked up two hits.
Aaron Fletcher, Carter Henry and Brayson Hurdsman each spent time on the mound for the Cougars.
The Cougars ended the weekend with a 9-4 loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday.
Vanderbilt scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning after Houston took an early 1-0 lead.
Vanderbilt scored three runs in the bottom of the second and two more in the third to help put the Cougars away.
Clear Creek alum Landon Etzel and Davis each had three hits to lead the Cougars.
The Cougars managed to put up 12 hits while Vanderbilt had seven but it wouldn’t be enough for Houston.
Ryan Randel took the loss for the Cougars on the mound, lasting only 1.2 innings and falling to 1-1 on the year.
The Cougars are now 5-5 for the season.
The Cougars will try to bounce back when they play a series of home games this week, starting with Houston Baptist on Tuesday at Schroeder Park.
The Cougars will then take on McNeese State on Wednesday before playing a three-game series against San Diego, beginning Friday and wrapping it up Sunday.