Softball wins five at
Cougar Sports Services
The UH softball team went 5-1 last weekend
at the Speedline Invitational Tournament in Tampa, Fla.
Lorrie Novosad/The Daily
Freshman outfielder Kristen
Glowacz had a home run in the Cougars' 7-5 victory over Illinois-Chicago.
The Cougars (22-9, 2-1 Conference USA)
finished the weekend on a very positive note Sunday, winning in the semifinal
round over Brigham Young. BYU was forced
to forfeit the game because of school
rules, which prohibit play on Sundays.
The Cougars advanced to the finals and
were to play the winner of Stanford, the No. 3 seed, and Florida Atlantic
in a match that was set to start at 10:30 a.m.
Unfortunately, the Cougars had to leave
before the beginning of the final game to catch their flight. UH finished
in third place out of the 24-team draw.
The Cougars won their last five games in
the tournament, after beginning it with their only loss of the weekend
to Florida International, a 3-2 defeat Thursday.
Following that loss, the Cougars began
a winning streak Thursday night, beating BYU 7-4.
The Cougars won both games Friday, beating
Michigan State 4-3 and destroying an overmatched Georgia State team 13-3.
In the final game of the round-robin
portion of the tournament, the Cougars
returned to International Softball Complex to shut out Maryland, 3-0.
The team finished pool play with a record
of 4-1 and advanced with a first-place seed into single elimination play
Saturday. The Cougars faced Illinois-Chicago in what
would become a homerun duel, with UH pulling
out a 7-5 win with home runs from freshman outfielder Kristen Glowacz,
sophomore designated player Kim Cote and
sophomore catcher Arelis Ferreris.
"We played this weekend like we started
our season at the Southwest Texas Tournament," head coach Kyla Holas said.
"Things are really coming together with our
offense, defense and pitching and we are
still getting great off-the-bench contributions. We as a team have begun
our upward climb toward our goals this season."
The Cougars will be back in action today
facing the Southern Mississippi Eagles in the first home Conference USA
series of the year. The games will be played at 5
and 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Wednesday.