Softball wins series over
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.
Brian Viney/The Daily Cougar
Shortstop Kristen Glowacz
tags out a runner at second base during the Cougars' win over Charlotte
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
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
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
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.