Valis leads UH softball's rout at Tulsa

April 20, 2008 1:52:09 PM PDT
The visiting University of Houston softball team split a double-header with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday. The Cougars won Game 1, 10-2, and fell in the second game, 1-0.Valis' triple came in the third inning and gives her 12 for her career. Five of those have come this season, which is two shy of the single-season mark of seven she set in 2007.

The 12 career triples pass the previous record of 11 set by current assistant coach Kim Nesloney from 2002-05.

Valis hit the triple to left field in the top of the third inning but despite reaching base, she was stranded at the end of the inning as the next three batters registered three outs.

Houston responded in the bottom of the inning, turning a double play and striking out a batter to keep the game scoreless.

Junior Laurie Wagner put the Cougars on the board in the top of the fourth. On a 1-1 count, she hit her 15th home run this season over the center field fence. Wagner's 15 homers this season rank as second most in Cougars single-season history. She needs just two more homers to tie the single-season mark of 17 set by Kristen Glowacz in 2005.

UH scored seven runs in the fifth inning while batting through the lineup . The Cougars started things off loading in the bases and with one out, Valis hit a two run double. Houston also had two home runs from junior Elaina Nordstrom and freshman Jennifer Klinkert. Houston capped the inning scoring by two runs on a Golden Hurricane throwing error.

The Cougars closed out the game with three runs in the seventh inning behind a home run from freshman Baillie Lott. Junior Christa Raley scored after reaching base on an error and Valis scored the final run after reaching base on a single.

Tulsa scored its only run in the fifth inning. The Golden Hurricane put two runners on base with a single and a double. After Sara Dyer was intentionally walked to load the bases, UH senior pitcher Angel Shamblin hit Kailey Yarmer to walk in Tulsa's run.

Shamblin (25-2) went the distance, allowing seven hits, one run, two walks and struck out five.

Houston improved to 6-4 in the all-time series against the Golden Hurricane.

The Cougars will return home for a single game against Sam Houston State on April 23 at 4pm. The game is a rescheduled game from a double-header regularly scheduled for Feb. 20 that was rained out. Then, Houston returns to the road for a C-USA series against UAB in Birmingham, Ala.

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