Monday, April 16, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 133



Cougar Softball tops Charlotte 49ers 2-1

Cougar Sports Services

UH women's softball sealed its second Conference USA series win by sweeping the Charlotte 49ers in Saturday's doubleheader at Baseball USA. 

The Cougars improved their record to 17-26 overall, 6-6 C-USA. However, the 49ers (15-21, 1-11 C-USA) dug in and took their first conference win of the season Sunday, preventing a series shutout by holding the Cougars off the scoreboard, 2-0.

With the weekend victory secured, the Lady Cougars took the field against Charlotte and 49er pitcher Amy Morse on Sunday without its offense. UH was only able to get two hits off Morse as Charlotte shut the Cougars out, 2-0. Morse only struck out one player and walked four to improve her personal record to 7-8.

Charlotte didn't manage to score until the top of the fourth on a fielding error. The 49ers scored again at the top of the seventh. UH freshman pitcher Jamie Falco picked up the loss Sunday.

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Junior shortstop Ali McDougall, who leads the UH softball team in homeruns, helped the Cougars to their second Conference USA series win over Charlotte this weekend, 2-1.

Freshman Jenny Johnson and Falco hurled a win each Saturday as the Cougars downed Charlotte 3-1 in Game 1 and 1-0 in Game 2.

Falco threw Cougar softball's first no-hitter ever in the second game of the doubleheader. While Falco controlled the mound, the Cougars struggled to score despite leaving seven on base. UH scored its only, and winning, run of the game with a hit by freshman Lindsay Durham to bring home junior Riane Netardus in the bottom of the fifth.

Johnson pitched Game 1 to up her record 5-11. Junior Ali McDougall went three-for-two with two RBI and Netardus connected on two out of three trips to bat for one RBI.

The Cougars opened the weekend's scoring with two in the bottom of the first. Charlotte put up its only run of the game in the top of the fourth. UH answered in the fifth inning with one as Johnson struck out six and held the 49ers to four hits with no earned runs for the 3-1 victory.

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