UH softball gains NCAA super regional

May 18, 2008 5:15:30 PM PDT
The University of Houston softball team advanced its first ever NCAA super regional with a 2-1 win over Washington on Sunday in the Houston regional final at Cougar Softball Stadium.Houston (53-9) won its third straight game and allowed only one run in regional competition. Washington finishes its season 30-25-1.

Last season, UH advanced to the College Station regional final, but fell to Texas A&M.

The Cougars, seeded No. 8 nationally, will play host to either Lousiana-Lafayette or LSU next weekend at Cougar Softball Stadium. Game dates and times for the best-of-3 series will be announced later Sunday night.

The winner of the Super Regional will advance to the 2008 Women's College World Series, set to take place from May 28-June 4 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

The Cougars were led by junior Haley Valis, whose 10th home run, a solo shot over the center field fence in the fifth inning, put Houston on the board first. Valis became the fourth Cougar to reach double-digit home runs this season.

Houston loaded the bases in the sixth inning and junior Katie Bush scored the Cougars second run after a walk by junior Laurie Wagner.

The Huskies avoided a shutout when Morgan Stuart hit a home run over center field in the top of the seventh inning.

Angel Shamblin (35-3) pitched a complete game. She allowed two hits and one run, while striking out seven.

In three Regional contests, Shamblin went 3-0, giving up three hits and one run while notching 23 strikeouts with a 0.37 ERA.

NCAA super regional all-session tickets can be purchased at the ticket office in the Athletic Alumni Center or online at UHCougars.com.

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