Monday, March 25, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 115



Softball wins series over 49ers

By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff

Cougar Softball defeated Conference USA rival Charlotte in thrilling fashion, as freshman Kim Nesloney's single in the bottom of the seventh
scored the winning run and gave the Cougars their second win of the three-game series.

The Cougars were trailing 3-2 going into the final inning. Senior second baseman Leslie Seay reached on an error that scored junior leftfielder
Amber King and tied the game at three.

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Shortstop Kristen Glowacz tags out a runner at second base during the Cougars' win over Charlotte on Sunday.

With Seay on first and sophomore rightfielder Lindsay Durham on second, Nesloney singled to center field and brought in Durham. The
game-winning single was Nesloney's first hit and RBI of the game.

"Well, I kind of struggled the whole game and I was just thinking to hit the ball hard, preferably on the ground," Nesloney said. "I was just trying to
do my job."

Softball head coach Kyla Holas was overwhelmed by the way the team won the game.

"I am dumbfounded. It's unbelievable," Holas said. "Finally we get a break. We've had people falling down to catch line drives and balls caught
against the fence and we got a break for once."

Cougar sophomore Jamie Falco pitched the entire game, striking out five and allowing three runs on nine hits. With this, Falco's record
improves to 10-4 and the Cougars go to 24-14.

The team took the series 2-1 and improved its Conference USA record to 4-5.

"We had a lot of changes, we've moved some people around, and having only two pitchers who know they have to do it all, I think this weekend
was a very big test and we passed it," Holas said. "We found a way to come together to break the losing streak and it was something that I am
very proud of them for."

The Cougars split the doubleheader with the 49ers Saturday.

In their win, sophomore third baseman Jeanie Davis capped a five-run first inning for the Cougars with a home run to make the score 5-1.

Freshman designated hitter Jenilee Skender contributed with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third, making the score 7-1. By the fifth, the
score was 9-1 and the game was stopped due to the "mercy rule."

Sophomore Jenny Johnson improved her record to 8-7.

The first game of the series went to Charlotte as it defeated Houston 3-1.

Falco pitched one inning and allowed three runs on four hits in the losing effort. She moved her record to 9-4.

Johnson, who relieved Falco, allowed four hits in six shutout innings with six strikeouts.

The Cougars will face yet C-USA rival DePaul in a doubleheader at noon Friday in Chicago.

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