Softball falls to Baylor,
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
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
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
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.