UH softball advances to NCAA regional final

HOUSTON Houston, the No. 8 seed nationally, improves to 52-9 overall and 5-4 in NCAA regional games.

UH senior Angel Shamblin (34-3) posted her 18th shutout this season. She struck out five batters and allowed just one hit in seven innings of work.

Houston put two runs on the board in the fourth inning. Junior Katie Bush started the inning with a bunt and a single from freshman Jennifer Klinkert put two runners on base. Junior Laurie Wagner hit a single to center field to score Bush and senior Amanda Grote followed it up with a single to center to load the bases. Junior Haley Valis reached base on a walk, scoring Klinkert.

Houston advances to the regional final on Sunday at noon against Washington. If necessary, a second game will be played 35 minutes after the first game.

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