Monday, February 19, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 99



Lady Cougars finish 1-3 in first UH Invitational

Cougar Sports Services

Cougar softball held its first UH Invitational tournament, which started off on Friday, and achieved varied results in competition.

The tournament was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., but the first two games were postponed due to heavy rain Friday morning. The teams waited four hours before they could take the field.

Saturday and Sunday went according to schedule as the weather brightened up the day, but not the Lady Cougarsi record.

Sunday afternoon UH (4-8) fell to Stephen F. Austin State, 6-2, in its third-straight loss of the tournament and of the season. The Lady Cougars dropped the consolation game of the tourney with the loss.

SFASU jumped on the scoreboard in the top of the first with a run off a single by shortstop Mimi Van Ryn. The Ladyjacks added another run in the third and fifth innings.

Freshman catcher Arelis Ferreris is a strong hitter for the UH softball team, boasting three homeruns so far this season.

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UH managed to bring a player home in the third and the fourth, but could neither hold off SFASU nor get another run. The Ladyjacks brought in three in the seventh inning to finish the offensive.

Junior pitcher Ali McDougall was handed the loss, giving 10 hits, three earned runs and two walks with only five strikeouts. Ladyjack Morgan Tolleson pitched five hits with no earned runs for the win.

UH didnit fare any better on Saturday, as the team was dropped by Northwestern State, 4-1, and Illinois-Chicago, 9-3.

NSU and UH held each other off the scoreboard for three innings, until Lady Cougar freshman catcher Arelis Ferreris popped a sacrifice fly to bring home freshman third base player Lindsay Durham. It was the only run the Lady Cougars scored.

Houston was safe for another inning, until NSU brought home four in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Jamie Falco picked up the loss after freshman Jenny Johnson pitched five innings with one earned run. Falco pitched two earned runs -- three total runs -- in four hits.

NSUis Christa Miller pitched seven innings with only four hits, one earned run and seven strikeouts.

The Lady Cougars scored first again in the second game of the day against Illinois-Chicago with Durhamis first career home run in the bottom of the first. ICU responded with five runs in the second inning.

Houston edged in two more runs in the third but could not score after that. Lady Flame Stephanie Christoferson added her own home run to the game as ICU took advantage of 10 hits off of Falco to score a run in the fourth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Falco was given the loss, pitching all seven innings with eight earned runs and three strikeouts. ICUis Alycia Creese struck out two and allowed only four hits while on the mound.

UH was the third team to round the bases, starting off its tournament play with an 8-0 shutout of East Tennessee State.

The Lady Cougars scored two runs in the bottom of the first and six in the third inning. ETSU didnit make it across home plate.

Junior pitcher Ali McDougall (2-1) guided the win, allowing nothing but three hits as she struck out six in five innings. ETSUis pitcher only struck out one Lady Cougar.

UH improved to 4-5, scoring its eight runs off of six hits.

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