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Volume 68, Issue 137, Monday, April 21, 2003


Cougars take 2 of 3, steal Pirates' booty

Glowacz hits 4 RBIs as Softball notches 31st win

Cougar Sports Staff

The Houston softball team took two of three games against East Carolina over the weekend to win the series. The Cougars improved their record to 31-18 overall and 13-5 in Conference USA play. Coming into the weekend, Houston was in third place in the conference standings.

East Carolina is 18-27 overall and 2-16 in conference. The Lady Pirates are in last place in Conference USA.

In Saturdayis finale to the series, sophomore Kristen Glowacz had four RBIs and sophomore Michelle Keith had three in a 10-2 Cougar rout of the Pirates. Glowacz leads the Cougars in batting average (.359), hits (51), runs (27), home runs (13), RBIs (44), total bases (105), slugging percentage (.739), walks (18) and on-base percentage (.442).

Houston fell behind early and East Carolina took a 1-0 lead when East Carolinais Lacassa Hill hit a solo home run off freshman pitcher Crystal Briscoe. But the Cougars came roaring back, scoring five runs in the top of the fifth inning. East Carolina responded with a run of its own in the sixth. Houston put five more up on the board in the seventh to make the final score 10-2.

The Cougars won the second game of Fridayis double header 3-2, with junior Jenny Johnson getting the win. She is tied with Jamie Falco for the team lead in wins with 11.

The Cougars scored two runs in the top of the second inning with consecutive RBI singles by Michelle Keith and Brooke Johnson. East Carolina retaliated with a run each in the fourth and sixth innings to tie the game at two heading into the seventh inning.

From there, Houstonis Glowacz hit a solo home run to give the Cougars their 30th victory of the season.

Five Houston errors went a long way toward an 8-1 Cougar loss in the opening game of the series Friday. Only one of the eight runs given up by Houston starting pitcher Jamie Falco was earned.

The Cougars began the game on a strong note, with catcher Arelis Ferreris driving in Kristen Glowacz to give Houston a 1-0 lead. From there, the game was all downhill as Cougar mistakes allowed the Pirates to tie the game in the bottom of the third inning and then score seven more runs in the fifth and six innings to take the game 8-1.

Houston has just eight games remaining before the Conference USA Tournament, including important conference series against Louisville and South Florida. The Cougars next host Texas Southern in a doubleheader Tuesday. The tournament begins May 8.

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