Softball still has growing
up to do
By Christian Schmidt
The Daily Cougar
After a strong sophomore season, the UH
softball team finished their season in early May.
Lorrie Novosad/The Daily
Sophomore catcher Ray Ferreris
slides into second. The Lady Cougars finished 35-25 this season, but did
not advance to the Conference USA
The team, which finished with an impressive
35-25 record, struggled in conference play, where the Cougars finished
Conference USA is a strong league, and
a second year team shouldn't be ashamed of a 9-14 showing. That having
been said, both the
coaching staff and the team had much higher
hopes for the season, including a trip to the postseason.
Those goals will have to wait until next
season, when the team will be a year older and wiser, and a new (and very
talented) freshman class will
help reinforce the team.
Freshman Kristen Glowacz earned honors
as C-USA Freshman of the Year. Ray Ferreris, Ali McDougall, Leslie Seay,
and Riane Netardus
earned Second-Team C-USA honors.
Glowacz was joined by teammates Kim Nesloney
and Jenilee Skender on the C-USA All Freshmen team.
DePaul's Liz Bouck was named the C-USA
Most Valuable Player. Her teammate Lindsay Chouinard won C-USA Pitcher
of the Year Honors,
while Alabama-Birmingham's Marla Townsend
was named the C-USA Coach of the Year award.
UH showed that it has the offense to compete
with anyone in the country. The Cougars had 47 home runs, one of the best
totals in the nation.
Jenny Johnson, Jamie Falco, and Allison
Thompson have proved to be a formidable pitching staff, giving the Cougars'
three viable pitching
options. Falco has the best ERA, while
Johnson led the team in strikeouts and innings pitched.Thompson is a valuable
backup and has given
the team some good starts. A year of experience
should only make her better for next season.
What the team really lacks is consistency.
Even head coach Kyla Holas has admitted that her team can be great one
day and struggle mightily
the next. The Cougars don't lack talent,
just experience and poise, characteristics that will come with time.
In the meantime, a stellar recruiting class,
including local talent Brandi Clark and Brooke Johnson, an outfielder from
Alabama, will bolster the