Houston's Shamble One-Hits Huskies in 2-0 Win
May 17, 2008
HOUSTON, Texas - Houston pitcher Angel Shamblin pitched a complete-game one-hitter to lead the 11th-ranked Cougars past No. 24 Washington, 2-0, in NCAA Regional action on Saturday afternoon at the Cougar Softball Complex.
Houston advances to the regional championship game on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. (Central), while the Huskies drop into the losers bracket will play again at 6:00 p.m. tonight against the winner of Texas vs. Delaware State. The winner of the 6:00 p.m. game will move on to take on Houston tomorrow.
Shamblin sat the Huskies (29-24-1) down in order the first, fourth and sixth innings. She struck out five and walked just one to improve to 34-3.
Houston (52-9) scored both of its runs in the fourth inning, getting three hits in the inning and taking advantage of one Husky error.
An RBI-single by Laurie Wagner brought in the first run before Aleah Macon later walked in another run with the bases loaded.
Washington managed to only get three base runners on, with their best chance to score coming in the third inning when Caitlin Noble led-off with a double to left centerfield.
Noble was moved over to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Alyson McWherter, but she was stranded there as Shamblin induced a strikeout and a groundout to get out of the inning.
Aleah Macon (17-16) went the distance for the Huskies, allowing just four hits, one earned run. She walked three and struck out six.
'They (Houston) made some great defensive plays to get out of some trouble,' said UW head coach Heather Tarr. 'She (Shamblin) pitched a great game.
'We're still alive, though. We've got our backs against the wall. We just have to keep the same game plan we had yesterday.'
NOTES: The Huskies are now 15-8 in NCAA tournament action under Tarr. Overall, Washington is 61-28 in the NCAA Tournament and 43-10 in regional play ... This was the first ever meeting between the UW and Houston ... Alyson McWherter picked her team-leading ninth sacrifice hit, and moved into the UW single season Top 10 at a tie for No. 8 ... The game last just 1:40, making it Washington's shortest game since a March 29 contest against Oregon State. That game also lasted 1:40.