The Cajuns defeated Houston, members of the American Athletic Conference, in the 2008 NCAA Super Regionals.
Some believe that the Cougars, who won their last three regular season games, and 6 of their last 7, were the last team selected into the field of 64.
Offensively, Houston relies on third baseman Sarah Queen, who can play for anybody.
Queen is hitting a .366, to go along with 10 home runs and 37 runs batted in.
Houston’s problem is that after Queen, there just isn’t a lot of power. Take away Queen, and the rest of the roster has combined for only 19 long balls.
Second baseman Arielle James is hitting a .363, while right-fielder Maya Thomas has chipped in with a .324 average.
After that, the line-up is mediocre.
The Cougars also don’t run a lot, with only 20 steals in 26 attempts.
What they do well is work the count, moves runners along, and score them from third with less than two out.
Pitching-wise, Houston is terrific.
Junior right-hander Savannah Heebner will enter the regional with a record of 25-9, to go along with a 1.17 ERA.
Heebner is a strike-throwing machine, with only 28 walks in 220.2 innings pitched.
She is the real deal inside of the circle, and opposing teams will be hard-pressed to get base-runners, much less score runs.
Houston is a dangerous team in this regional, because they match-up well against both Louisiana and LSU.
Again, Houston is not an offensive team, They rely on pitching and defense. But so does UL and LSU, so the Cougars match-up very well.
Because of Heebner, every game they play will be close, and when you’re in the game, you have a shot.