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Cougar Softball's Season Ends In Super Regionals

For the second time in four years, the Houston Cougar softball program earned their way to an NCAA Super Regional. For the second time in four years, they extended their opponent to a third, all-deciding game. And for the second time in four years, they came up just short.

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Saturday afternoon's contest was back-and-forth, with Oklahoma State taking a 3-0 lead, Houston fighting back to take a 4-3 lead, the Cowgirls storming back to go up 6-4, and Houston getting a solo homer to cut the lead to 6-5, but ultimately not being able to push one more run across to tie the game.

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Houston fans are left to wonder what could have been if ace pitcher Amanda Crabtree, the school's all-time single-season strikeout leader, had been healthy. Battling wrist problems, Crabtree was only able to go two innings, in the first game of the series.

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The next story to watch will be whether Houston can hold onto head coach Kyla Holas. Holas is the only head coach the program has ever had, but could be called about the LSU opening. The Tigers' head coach just retired, and Holas is a Louisiana native.

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