Thursday, March 21, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 113



Aggies quiet Cougars

By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff

The Cougars' bats have been silenced yet again. After they ripped through the competition in the beginning of the season with an unstoppable offense, the softball team has been reluctant to run away with leads and games altogether.

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Freshman Kristen Glowacz fields a ball during the Cougars' game against No. 22 Texas A&M. Houston lost 6-0 on Wednesday.

Against the No. 22-ranked Aggies, the Cougars held steady for a while, but it was the opposing team that would break out and never look back.

The Cougars (22-13, 2-4 in Conference USA) were blanked 6-0 by the Aggies (24-6) with the help of sophomore pitcher Jessica Slataper. She pitched a complete
game with seven strikeouts, allowing only two hits in the shutout effort, which improves her record to 12-4.

Aggie senior first baseman Kelly Ferguson began the game's scoring when she led off the second inning with a solo home run. Junior shortstop Crystal Martin
added another run when her double scored junior catcher Selena Collins in the fourth to make the lead 2-0.

The score remained the same until the seventh inning, when the formidable Aggies added four runs to ensure a 6-0 victory.

Ferguson's triple in the seventh drove in both Collins and senior second baseman Lisa Klam, which gave her three RBIs for the game.

Cougar sophomore Jenny Johnson pitched a solid game despite the six walks she allowed. Johnson allowed only three earned runs on five hits, moving her
record to 7-7.

The Cougars' offense was just not a factor as they stranded all three of their base runners.

Senior left fielder Riane Netardus and freshman centerfielder Kim Nesloney both recorded a hit and went 1-for-3 and 1-for-2 respectively.

The Cougars' schedule doesn't get any easier in the coming games. The team will play a three-game series against Conference USA rival Charlotte (13-11, 0-2
C-USA) this weekend. It begins with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Friday at the Cougar Softball Complex.

The Cougars will face 49er junior Betsy Thompson, who has seven complete games and 68 strikeouts with just seven walks in 11 starts this year.

Senior third baseman Leah Heston leads the 49ers in batting (.464), doubles (9), and RBIs (28). Charlotte is batting .314 as a team, compared to its opponent's

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