UH Softball takes home
By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff
In their home opener Wednesday, the Cougar
softball team won its seventh straight game, improving its record to 7-0
with a 6-1 win over
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Pitcher Jenny Johnson catches
a fly ball during the Utah game Wednesday. Johnson gave up just one run
to the Utes.
With a few solid plays by the infield,
a good performance on the pitcher's mound and a superb effort by the team's
offense, head coach Kyla
Holas' Cougars silenced everything the
At the plate, the Cougars knocked Utah
pitcher Jennifer Pursell for 10 hits. Sophomore shortstop Jeanie Davis
and freshman center fielder
Kim Nesloney each had a home run in the
game. Sophomore catcher Arelis Ferreris crushed a pitch over the left field
wall for a home run as
Freshman Kristen Glowacz continued her
stellar offensive performance as she went two for three. Although it's
early in the season, Holas
said she likes the way Glowacz has stepped
"By far, she's the offensive leader on
the team right now," Holas said.
Before the season, Holas said she was confident
in her freshman class, and now Cougar fans know why.
"They surprise us a bit, but they're up
for the challenge," Holas said. "Usually freshmen are a little shaky, but
these (players) aren't timid,
they're ready to go."
Freshman third baseman Michelle Keith made
more than a few good plays on the corner, and Nesloney's home run in the
fifth inning added a
cushion to the Cougars' 5-1 lead.
Davis' home run was the most interesting
hit of the day for the Cougars. With Glowacz standing on second base after
a passed ball in the
fourth inning, Davis sailed a shot over
the center field wall on a full count after two failed bunt attempts. Her
hit opened up the game for the
Cougars, giving them a 4-0 lead.
After that, sophomore pitcher Jenny Johnson
held off the Utes' offense as she allowed only four hits and struck out
eight batters for the game.
As Johnson improved her season record to
3-0, she walked two and hit two, stranding seven Utah base runners.
The Cougars are undefeated for the season,
but Holas still feels there is room for improvement in the pitching staff.
"We still had too many walks, we want to
work on the game's flow, work out those kinks," Holas said after the game.
The Cougars will take on the Utes again
at 1 p.m. today.