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
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.
Rich R. Risma/
The Daily Cougar
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
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,
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
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
The Lady Cougars scored two runs in the
bottom of the first and six in the third inning. ETSU didnit make it across
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.