Tuesday, March 12, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 106


Softball wins five at tournament

Cougar Sports Services

The UH softball team went 5-1 last weekend at the Speedline Invitational Tournament in Tampa, Fla.

Lorrie Novosad/The Daily Cougar

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.

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