UH softball goes 5-0 in Crowne City tourney

February 17, 2008 3:36:24 PM PST
Freshman Jennifer Klinkert hit her first career grand slam to pace the University of Houston to an 8-0 victory against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the final day of the Crowne Plaza Classic on Sunday. Klinkert hit two home runs during No. 23 Houston's 5-0 finish at the tournament. UH is 9-0 overall. UH scored five runs in the third and three in the fifth, then the Coogs' defense thwarted the Islanders' final chance to score and Houston earned the victory in five innings.

Senior Barbie Love (3-0) pitched the entire game giving up two hits, one walk, no runs and no errors.

Earlier on Sunday, Houston pulled out a thrilling 1-0 victory over DePaul in the Coogs' first game of the afternoon.

With defense dictating the game, it would take five innings before Houston got on the board. Jessica Valis got caught in a rundown between first and second base. But before being tagged out by DePaul's Tara Voss, senior Courtney Spittler crossed home for the score.

UH coach Kyla Holas said a close call should not dictate the final outcome of the game.

"Umpires are uncontrollables and it doesn't matter what happens in a game. If you want to win the game, you have to score," Holas said.

It would be all the Cougars needed to hold on for the win.

Senior Angel Shamblin (4-0) pitched the entire game against the Blue Demons giving up four hits, no walks, no runs and no errors.

Houston allowed just one run against Army on Saturday the entire tournament. They outscored their opponents 33-1 in five games. UH committed just one error throughout the three-day tournament.

After Houston, DePaul had the second best record of 3-2 in the tournament followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2-3) and Army (0-5). Next weekend, Houston will host the Marriott Houston Classic at Cougar Softball Stadium. The first game is slated to begin at 9am on Feb. 22. Houston will take the field at 5pm and 7pm against Cal State Northridge and Boston University.

On Feb. 23, UH will again play the late games against Kansas and Centenary College and will conclude with Texas State at 1pm on Feb. 24.

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