UH's Wagner, Shamblin earn C-USA honors

HOUSTON This is Wagner's second honor this season and the third of her career. The Houston native went 8-for-14 last week with a .571 batting average. She hit the 17th home run of her career in game one of the Cougars' series against UTEP, tying the UH single-season home run record. She also hit her first triple of the season in the final game of the series, scoring two runs to give Houston a 2-0 win in the game.

In her 14 at bats, Wagner did not register a strikeout and she improved her season batting average to .417, second best on the team. For the year, Wagner has 50 RBI, the second-best all-time single season tally. She also recorded her 14th double on the year, also the second best in the single-season annals. She leads the team with a .861 slugging percentage.

Shamblin was named the Pitcher of the Week after recording three wins. She is now 30-2 overall and 15-0 in C-USA. Shamblin needs one more win to tie her single-season win record of 31 set in 2007. Her 15 conference wins are tied for the most all-time.

In four appearances at the plate last week she did not allow a single run, giving her 16 shutouts on the year. She has struck out at least 10 batters in four of her last six games, including two double-digit strikeout games during the week.

This is Shamblin's sixth pitcher of the week honor in 2008, tying Lindsay Chouinard of DePaul (2000-04) for the second-most weekly honors in a single season. She has 15 Pitcher of the Week awards and one Hitter of the Week award in her career. The 16 combined weekly honors also ties Chouinard for the career record.

Shamblin shares the award this week with Allison Kime of UCF.

Houston will play host to the 2008 Conference USA Softball Tournament on Thursday through Saturday at Cougar Softball Stadium. The first day of the tournament will feature five games beginning at 9am. There will be two semifinal games at 2 pm on Friday. The Championship game is slated for 1:30pm on Saturday.

The Cougars enter the tournament as the league's top seed and will play at 5:30 pm Thursday. They will play the winner of the UAB vs. Memphis game, which is scheduled to start at 9 am.

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