Tuesday, February 19, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 96



Softball falls to Baylor, Ohio State

The UH softball team went 4-2 this weekend at the Houston Invitational, moving its season record to 12-2. The Cougars won their first three games before dropping games to co-champions Baylor and Ohio State.

The Cougars came into the semifinal game of the tournament with a 12-1 record, but their offense simmered down in the semifinal game against the tournament's top
seed, Ohio State.

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First baseman Jenilee Skender tags out a Stephen F. Austin player during Saturday's game. Skender scored a run in the game and had seven put-outs.

The Buckeyes' starting pitcher, Wendy Allen, allowed one hit in five innings with three Cougars reaching base.

Cougar pitcher Jenny Johnson allowed five runs on seven hits, moving her season record to 3-2.

With a 5-0 win over the Cougars, Ohio State advanced to the championship game to play Baylor. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes could not play the final game due to travel
arrangements. Ohio State and Baylor were declared co-champions.

The Cougars defeated Stephen F. Austin twice on the weekend, forcing the mercy rule to be invoked each time.

The UH softball team's winning streak ended Saturday night as Baylor stepped up to the challenge and defeated the Cougars.

While the Bear offense was slowed by the Cougars' pitching staff, the visiting team garnered four runs in the game and relied on pitching ace Joni Miller to quiet the
Cougar offense.

Miller gave up only two hits against Houston's line-up and held the Cougars scoreless. 

In the losing effort, Houston's Johnson allowed seven hits and three runs to go with nine strikeouts.

Earlier on Saturday, the Cougars scored 14 runs in five innings of play against SFA.

Riane Netardus went 3-3 with two runs scored, second baseman Leslie Seay went 3-3 with three RBIs and Arelis Ferreris added three RBIs and a home run.

The Ladyjacks lacked any offense against Cougar starting pitcher Allison Thompson. Thompson, 4-0 this year, struck out three and allowed three hits in four innings.

In their first meeting over the weekend, Houston played catch-up with Sam Houston. The Cougars came from behind and won in extra innings.

Houston jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a double by first baseman Jenilee Skender and an error.

In the third inning, Sam Houston scored five runs on three Cougar errors. 

With two outs and runners on first and third, Elizabeth Magee cleared the fence, making the score 5-2 Bearkats.

Bearkats pitcher Christina Thompson held the Cougars' explosive offense to just seven hits and three runs until she was pulled in the fifth.

Inheriting two runners, reliever Aydrien Guajardo allowed three runs to cross the plate on three hits by the Cougars.

With the game still tied after regulation, the tiebreaker began when Davis was placed on second. On two errors, Davis scored a run for the Cougars and Sam Houston
failed to advance a runner from second base. The final score was 6-5.

The Cougars will face McNeese State at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

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