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.
Kevin Harwerth/The Daily
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