UH blasts blistering Billikens
Cougar Sports Services
After a few upsetting results against Conference USA rivals, the UH
softball team stumped its opponents with a stellar pitching performance
and just enough of an offensive effort to claim two of three from the Saint
Lorrie Novosad/ The Daily Cougar
Cougar sophomore Jamie Falco (left) opened the weekend
series against Saint Louis with a no-hitter to earn a 6-0 win. Falco struck
out 12 batters as she improved to 13-7.
With the wins, the Cougars (30-20, 7-10 in conference) improved their
conference record and, more importantly, broke the streak of falling into
slump against C-USA rivals.
Against Saint Louis (21-23,
5-14 conference-wise), the Cougars won the first and last games by scores
of 6-0 and 7-1, respectively.
In the second game, however, the Billikens defeated the Cougars 2-1.
In the series finale, the Cougars jumped ahead with a four-run third
inning. After freshman centerfielder Kim Nesloney tripled, senior leftfielder
Riane Netardus singled and scored Nesloney.
Senior first baseman Ali McDougall then singled and brought in senior
second baseman Leslie Seay, making it 2-1.
Freshman shortstop Kristen Glowacz plated two runs with the second triple
of the inning.
The Cougars added three more runs in the seventh inning to make it 7-1.
For the game, Cougar sophomore Jenny Johnson pitched five-and-one-third
innings, allowing only one run on five hits. Johnson improved her
record to 12-9.
McDougall went 2-3 with one RBI, while Glowacz was 2-4 with four RBIs.
In the second game, the score was tied 1-1 until the seventh inning
when sophomore designated hitter Nicole Bohnenstiehl singled and scored
freshman right fielder Adrienne May to make it 2-1.
In the series opener Saturday, sophomore Jamie Falco hurled a no-hitter,
striking out 12 and walking two. Falco improved her record to 13-7.
The Billikens countered with sophomore Heather Hubert, who pitched four-and-one-third
innings and allowed four runs on eleven hits. Hubert
earned the loss and moved to 10-7.
Coming in on relief, Kristin Rossi pitched two and two-third innings
and allowed two runs on two hits.
Netardus and McDougall went 3-4 while sophomore catcher Arelis Ferreris
went one-for-four with two RBIs.
The Cougars will play a doubleheader against Stephen F. Austin (9-46)
at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Coy Simms Softball Complex in
With her .279 batting average and .353 slugging percentage, junior infielder
Meryl McGuire will lead the Ladyjacks' offense.
SFA's pitching staff, which consists of senior Devin Cobb, sophomore
Traci Moore and freshman Kristin Nolan, has a combined 5.23 ERA.
Earlier this year, Houston defeated SFA 11-3 during the UH Softball