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Volume 71, Issue 135, Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Sports

Cougars make easy work of easy opponent

Grambling State suffers through 10 scoreless innings 
while giving up 21 runs off 33 hits

by LOURDES CASTILLO
The Daily Cougar

Houston was able to completely dominate its opponent two days in a row, defeating Texas Southern on Monday and finishing on top of Grambling State 8-0 (5 inn.) and 13-0 (5 inn.) on Tuesday at Cougar Field.

"These games serve a purpose every time so getting them in was very important at this point," head coach Kyla Holas said. 

Houston (35-18, 12-6 C-USA) took advantage of its chance to play a Division I-AA opponent by breaking a couple of season and individual records.


Freshman catcher Elaina Nordstrom hit 3-4 including 3 RBI's in Houston's 13-0 win over Grambling State in game two of the double header.
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A single game record was set at 21 hits during the second game against the Tigers (3-57). The highest record in program history was previously set at 19 hits against Georgia State on March 8, 2002. Houston's previous season high hit total was at 15 hits, recorded against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Feb. 19. 

In Game 2 the Cougars took an early 5-0 lead when freshmen Jessica Valis, Katie Bush, Elaina Nordstrom, junior Laura Durham and sophomore Angel Shamblin each scored runs in the first inning. 

Durham added a sixth run in the bottom of the third with her eighth career home run. 

Senior Jaci Gonzalez's triple to right field drove in freshman Laurie Wagner to put UH up 7-0. Gonzalez was brought home when Valis singled and later advanced to second on the throw.

The Cougars continued to tack on runs despite Grambling's effort to stop the bleeding with its bullpen. Nordstrom's double to left center added two more runs increasing the lead 10-0 with only one out. 

UH added the final two runs in the fourth when Shamblin hit a double to center field and scored Nordstrom and Bush.

Senior Crystal Briscoe set a new career-high with 12 strikeouts during Game 1.

Nordstrom put the Cougars on the board in the first with a two run single that drove in Valis and Bush.

UH added three more runs in that frame to take a commanding 5-0 lead heading into the second. 

Freshman Haley Valis scored a run in the third, and senior Brooke Johnson and sophomore Courtney Spittler scored runs in the fifth to give the Cougars their final runs of the contest. The game was called in the bottom of the fifth with two runners on base and one out.

"It's good to play games like this even though the competition is a lot lower," Nordstrom said.

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