Softball to play the Billikens
By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff
The Houston softball team is gearing up
for a three-game series this weekend against Conference USA rival Saint
The Cougars will face the Billikens at
the Billiken Sports Center in St. Louis.
Saint Louis is 20-19 overall, but only
4-12 in conference, making the Billikens No. 8 in a league with only nine
The Cougars started strong this season,
but have struggled lately. Houston is 28-19 overall and No. 7 in C-USA,
with a 5-9 league record.
Senior outfielder Riane Netardus leads
the Cougar offense. Netardus has a .346 batting average with two doubles
and two RBIs. Netardus also
leads the team with 13 stolen bases.
Senior second baseman Leslie Seay follows
closely behind Netardus with a .333 batting average and has tallied three
doubles, three triples
and 12 RBIs. She has stolen six bases
in seven attempts.
Freshman Kristen Glowacz also has a batting
average of more than .300. The Katy native is hitting .310 and leads the
Cougars with a .543
slugging percentage. Glowacz has tallied
six home runs, nine doubles and 16 RBIs.
Sophomore catcher Arelis Ferreris has a
.287 batting average, but the slugger from Grand Prairie has a .519 slugging
percentage and leads the
team with nine home runs and 33 RBIs.
Ferreris has also tallied three doubles and six stolen bases in seven attempts.
The Houston pitching staff is holding its
own with a combined 2.23 ERA.
Sophomore Jamie Falco is the current leader
with a 1.46 ERA and a 12-7 record. Falco, a Tomball native, has tallied
106 strikeouts in 125
innings of work.
Sophomore Jenny Johnson follows with a
2.83 ERA and has 139 strikeouts in 126 and one-third innings of work.
Meanwhile, the Billikens should be formidable
Janet Venorsky leads the Saint Louis offense
with a .344 batting average. Venorsky has 21 RBIs and four home runs.
Adrie Bogaars leads the Billikens in home
runs with six and has 21 RBIs.
Nicole Bohnensteihl is the RBI leader with
24 and bats .336 with five home runs.
The three-game series will take place Saturday
and Sunday, with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. The series
finale will be 1 p.m.