Thursday, March 28, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 118



Softball team will face C-USA rival DePaul over weekend

By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH softball team will face its biggest task of the season as it looks to defeat No. 16 Conference USA rival DePaul in a doubleheader at
noon Friday in Chicago.

Kevin Harwerth/The Daily Cougar

Sophomore Jenny Johnson has been a solid pitcher for the Cougars all season. She pitched six scoreless innings last weekend against
Charlotte and will share the pitching duties with sophomore Jamie Falco this weekend against DePaul.

After her team's thrilling win Sunday, UH head coach Kyla Holas said she was excited, yet aware that her team would need to stay focused
and concentrate on the Blue Devils.

"By far, these will be the toughest games for us this season," Holas said. "We have to make the most of each game."

After the doubleheader, the Cougars will play DePaul again at noon Saturday in Chicago.

The Cougars (24-14, 4-5 in C-USA) just finished a conference series in which they took two of three from Charlotte.

Freshman Jenilee Skender was 5-for-9 in the series with a home run and three RBIs. Arelis Ferreris hit a two-run homer to help the Cougars
win game three Sunday, 4-3.

The team will rely on sophomore pitchers Jenny Johnson and Jamie Falco to carry most of the pitching duties.

Johnson pitched six innings of shutout relief in game one against Charlotte on Saturday and then won game two, allowing one run on five
hits in five innings.

Falco picked up her 10th win of the season, striking out five. The pitching staff has recorded 254 strikeouts this season.

The Blue Demons (14-6, 2-1 in C-USA) won two of three against East Carolina last weekend.

Holas and her team will have to shut down DePaul's pitching staff to stand a chance against the formidable rival.

DePaul junior Lindsay Chouinard recorded her seventh win, throwing eight innings in a 2-1 victory. She has eight complete games in nine
starts and carries a league-best 0.59 ERA. Sophomore Sarah Martz gained a victory in game two, improving to 4-1.

The Blue Demons lead C-USA with a team ERA of just 1.04.

On offense, DePaul senior Shavaughne Desecki had a hit in each game, including the game-winning double in game one of its
doubleheader. She is batting .367 with 10 RBIs.

Blue Devil junior Gina Ramacci leads the team with 16 RBIs.

In C-USA standings, DePaul (3-1) is in second and Houston (4-5) is in seventh. The Cougars hope to extend their two-game win streak, and
the Blue Devils will try to continue dominating division play.

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