Bearkat Softball Drops Double Header To Houston

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HUNTSVILLE -- Twin sisters Jessica and Haley Valis, Christa Raley, Laurie Wagner, and Samantha Cummings each hit a home run to propel the University of Houston to 7-2 and 7-3 victories over Sam Houston State in the first game of a non-conference softball doubleheader Wednesday at the Bearkat Softball Complex.

Raley started the home run derby with a two-run shot in the first inning of the first game. Haley Valis hit a three-run homer in the third and Jessica Valis' round-tripper was a two-run shot in the fourth.

Lauren Burns led Sam Houston at the plate, going 2-for-3 including an RBI single in the first inning. Burns scored Amy Brown who started the bottom of the first with a single.

Amanda Lindsey singled in a run in the fourth inning for SHSU's second
tally. Lindsey scored Burns who singled.

Mandy Collier (1-1) took the loss on the mound in the first game, allowing seven hits and walking three while striking out one batter in four innings. Brandi Crnkovic allowed only one hit in three innings of relief.

Angel Shamblin (17-5) was the first game winning, striking out 10 Bearkat batters.

Wagner and Cummings both had solo home runs in the second game to lead the Cougars who rolled up seven runs on eight hits and five Bearkat errors.

Stephanie Mosley, Collier, and Lindsey each brought in a run for the
Bearkats in the second game, Mosley on a double and Collier and Lindsey on singles.

Morgan Mikulin (8-9) was the loser for Sam Houston, giving up six hits and five runs, two earned, in five innings while striking out two Cougars.
Crnkovic struck out two Houston batters and gave up two hits and two runs in two innings of relief work. Carla Kennimer (4-0) was the game-winner for UH, striking out five Bearkats.

Sam Houston State will play host to Prairie View A&M Thursday at 4 p.m.

First Game Line Score

Houston 7, Sam Houston St 2
(Mar 28, 2007 at Huntsville, TX) (Game 1)
Houston.................. 203 200 0 - 7 8 0 (26-11)
Sam Houston St...... 100 100 0 - 2 7 2 (14-16)
Pitchers: Houston - Shamblin. Sam Houston St - Collier; Crnkovic(5).
Win-Shamblin(17-5) Loss-Collier(1-1) T-2:02 A-72
HR HOU - J. Valis; Raley; H. Valis.

Second Game Line Score

Houston 7, Sam Houston St 3
(Mar 28, 2007 at Huntsville, TX)
Houston............. 201 111 1 - 7 8 2 (27-11)
Sam Houston St...... 000 102 0 - 3 10 5 (14-17)
Pitchers: Houston - Kennimer. Sam Houston St - Mikulin; Crnkovic(6).
Win-Kennimer(4-0) Loss-Mikulin(8-9) T-1:56 A-72
HR HOU - Wagner; Cummings.