A three-run home run by Kelli Montgomery was all the offense Houston needed to defeat the Texas softball squad 3-1 in Houston on Tuesday night.
The Longhorns (19-14) managed just four hits in their first loss since March 18. Their seven-game winning streak ended, but their six-game Big 12 winning streak remains intact.
Savannah Heebner (15-4) had an outstanding night in the circle for Houston, allowing just one run on four hits. She struck out four and walked one.
Brooke Bolinger (8-5) was hit with the loss, allowing Montgomery’s key home run in the first inning and five hits over four innings of work. Bolinger struck out six and walked two in four innings.
Arielle James had the Cougars’ only other extra-base hit, a double in the first inning. She also stole a base.
MK Tedder got Texas on the scoreboard in the first inning, hitting a ground out that scored Janae Jefferson. Jefferson got on base with a bunt single. Paige von Sprecken, Taylor Ellsworth and Kaitlyn Washington had the other hits for Texas.
After the four runs combined in the first inning, both pitchers settled down and didn’t allow any more runs. Kristen Clark came on in relief for Texas and gave up two hits in two innings but kept Houston from scoring.
Texas had a decent chance to tie the game in the seventh with two runners on and one outs. It wasn’t to be, however.
The Texas softball team next faces UTSA back at McCombs Field on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.