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Volume 68, Isssue 106, Friday, February 28, 2003


Coogs spend Mardi Gras at LSU

By Geronimo Rodriguez
The Daily Cougar

The Cougar softball team is headed to Louisiana to kick off its Spring Break. But instead of stopping for a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras celebration, the bus will hit the brakes in Baton Rouge for the Louisiana State Tournament.

So while they can put aside the books and class notes for a week, the Cougars will throw on the softball jerseys and work on improving a 6-8 record. Despite having to play on the road during the break, the Cougars are also scheduled for two games against No. 8-ranked LSU.

The team, which posted a lackluster 1-3 record in last weekendis Houston Invitational, begin tournament play with a doubleheader against Southern Miss (5-6) at noon today.

If the Cougars hope to get above .500 in the wins column, they will have to string together a couple of strong efforts on the mound. The pitching staff, namely juniors Jenny Johnson and Jamie Falco and freshman Crystal Briscoe, holds a 2.02 ERA.

Sophomore Jeanie Davis has powered the Cougar offense with a team-leading .429 batting average.

An LSU-UH match-up will cap the first doubleheader at 2 p.m. Jackson State (3-9) and LSU (11-4) are slated to face UH in the doubleheader on Saturday.

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