Wednesday, April 24, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 136



Cougar Softball makes bid for C-USA championship

By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff

Times are looking good for Cougar Softball. After getting over a few rough spots, finding their swings and mastering the strike zone, the Cougars
are ready to make a run for the top spot in Conference USA.

Lorrie Novosad/The Daily Cougar

Cougar sophomore Jamie Falco earned Conference USA Pitcher of the Week honors. Falco, who has a 12-7 record this season, struck out 18
batters and allowed only two runs against Saint Louis.

Houston (30-20, 7-10 in conference play) will play a doubleheader against Stephen F. Austin (9-46) at 4 p.m. today at the Coy Simms Softball
Stadium in Nacogdoches.

The Cougars are coming off a few huge wins, as they took two out of three from division rival Saint Louis. With the wins, the Cougars are in sixth
place in the C-USA standings.

As a team, the Cougars have a .299 batting average; four players are batting over .300.

Seniors Riane Netardus (.343) and Leslie Seay (.340), sophomore Arelis Ferreris (.304) and freshman Kristen Glowacz (.311) should boost
those numbers and thrive off SFA's weak pitching staff.

SFA's staff, which has a combined 5.23 ERA, shouldn't pose much of a threat for the team.

Cougar sophomores Jamie Falco and Jenny Johnson have been nearly perfect in recent games.

Falco and Johnson are 12-7 and 11-9, respectively, with a combined 2.04 ERA.

Falco also earned C-USA Pitcher of the Week last week. The Tomball native threw a no-hitter against Saint Louis, striking out 12 batters and
giving up only two walks.

For the division series, she allowed two runs and six walks in 14.4 innings of work while striking out 18 batters.

The Cougars also lead the conference with 42 home runs and need just seven more to tie the C-USA record of 49.

Houston is also ranked first in the league with 402 hits, 206 RBIs and 238 runs scored.

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