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Volume 70, Issue 113, Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Cougars sweep weekly C-USA pitching awards

Cougar Sports Services

Conference USA announced its weekly awards Monday, with Cougar pitchers sweeping the conference's hurling honors.

After strong performances over the break, junior lefty Matt Farrington and freshman Angel Shamblin earned the awards for the baseball and softball teams.

Shamblin went 2-0 last week when, in 11 innings of work, she gave up two hits and registered no earned runs, one walk and 14 strikeouts. She also pitched Houston's first-ever perfect game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on March 14. 

In the perfect game against the Lions, the Davie, Fla., native struck out a career-high 10 batters and forced three ground-outs to herself. With the final inning over, Shamblin produced 13 of the 15 outs for the game. 

With the three registered no-hitters this season, this year's program now has as many no-hitters as the rest of the team's history.

Farrington earned his first C-USA weekly honor after keeping Memphis to a four-hit shutout Friday, marking the fourth consecutive win for the Sugar Land southpaw.

No one from Memphis made it beyond second base after the third inning, with Farrington retiring 19 of the last 22 batters and recording seven strikeouts in the game. 

The shutout was also the first Cougar shutout since last season when Brad Lincoln faced C-USA foe Alabama-Birmingham on April 3, 2004. 

Up next for the Cougar softball team is a three-game series at East Carolina on Friday and Saturday while the Boys of Summer host a series of their own against UAB at the Cougar Field.

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