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Volume 68, Issue 112, Monday, March 17, 2003

Sports

Cougars whip Terriers, can't beat Missouri 

Cougar Sports Staff

The UH softball team has been on quite a roll lately, but it faced its toughest competition when Missouri came into town for the Fastpitch Classic on Saturday and Sunday. It also faced a lackluster Boston team, but it was the Tigers who were supposed to put the Cougarsi eight-game winning streak to the test.

UH split the tournament, winning both games against the Boston Terriers but losing both against the Tigers to move to 20-12 (6-0 in Conference USA). The Tigers left Houston with a 15-11 record. Boston fell to 2-11.

The Cougars began Sunday with a 5-1 defeat to the Tigers. Coming off a 8-7 loss to the Terriers in eight innings, the Tigers went into their game against UH by taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Junior pitcher Jenny Johnson was knocked out of the game after the opening frame. She fell to 6-5.

Freshman Crystal Briscoe came into the game in the second inning and held Missouri scoreless for the next four innings before they put up two more runs in the sixth. UH couldnit respond until the seventh when sophomore Kristen Glowacz scored UHis lone run off a fielderis choice. 

If the Tigers took their loss to a woeful Boston team out on Houston, the Cougars took their frustrations out on the Terriers later in the day. After being shut down for most of the Missouri game, the Cougar offense exploded for nine runs to shut out Boston 9-0.

Junior pitcher Jamie Falco regrouped after Saturdayis 3-2 loss to strike out four batters and allow just four hits to improve to 9-4. Juniors Candis Turnbo and Arelis Ferreris led the team with three hits apiece.

Sundayis extremes were a departure from Saturdayis heartbreaking loss to open the tournament. The Cougars played the Tigers tough and took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. Falco was pitching a solid game, but a couple of mistakes led to two runs for the Tigers and a 3-2 loss. Falco took the loss, but she earned a complete game.

Like they would see Sunday, the Cougars took their frustrations out on the Terriers.

Johnson kept the Terriers at bay, holding them to just two runs over six innings in a 5-2 win. Junior shortstop Jeanie Davis hit her fifth and sixth home runs of the year. Junior catcher Ferreris knocked the ball out of the park in the fourth inning to give UH a 5-0 lead.

The Cougars next host Texas-Arlington at 3 p.m. Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Cougar Softball Stadium.

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