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Volume 69, Issue 106, Monday, March 9, 2004

Sports
 

UH falls to No. 5 OU in 3-game set

By Keenan Singleton

The Daily Cougar

If an actual victory means little, you can guess how much Kyla Holas values a moral one.

In Holas' oral review of the UH softball team's 2-1 win over Oklahoma (18-4-1), the head coach didn't use a lovely floral arrangement of vocabulary or commission a choral composition to describe her team's triumph over the No. 5 team in the country. 


Sophomore pitcher Crystal Briscoe allowed only two runs in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against No. 5 Oklahoma, but the Cougar offense didn't hold up its end of the bargain.
Manuel Rearte/The Daily Cougar 

It was apparent in Holas' aural address that the Cougars (19-8) didn't deserve a congratulatory laurel for simply defeating one of the nation's best teams. 

"(I'm) very frustrated," Holas said. "We out-hit them. We left more runners on base. And we lost two ball games. Bottom line, we were capable of taking all three and we didn't take advantage of the opportunities in front of us."

One of those opportunities was in the bottom of the sixth inning. 

Junior centerfielder Kim Nesloney led off the inning with a double. Oklahoma replaced starting pitcher Nicole Denes with Kami Keiter after second baseman Jamie Adams safely laid down a bunt to put runners on first and third with no outs.

Then frustration set in.

Junior third baseman Kristen Glowacz struck out. Adams was caught stealing. Jenilee Skender lined out to third.

An inning of mass production turned into a jumbled mess.

"The first problem was that we changed our signals because of Howard (Dobson, a former UH assistant coach and current OU coach)," Holas said. "We had some miscommunication. It did cost us in some situations."

The Cougars' path to victory wasn't paved with just rough coral, and the pitching staff smoothed over some of the tough patches. Senior Jenny Johnson didn't allow a base runner in 4.1 innings of work, good for her seventh win of the season.

"I think we're better in every aspect than (Oklahoma)," Johnson said. "That's a lot of talk considering (Oklahoma) walked away with two wins. Defense was a big problem; you can't make three or four errors and expect to win.

"Everyday we're trying to make strides to the Top 25. To walk away with a win against the No. 5 in the country says a lot."

OU snapped the Cougars' seven-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory Friday. The Sooners scored four runs (two earned) off senior pitcher Jamie Falco before Johnson entered the game. Junior first baseman Michelle Keith hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second.

In the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, sophomore Crystal Briscoe allowed two runs (both earned) and struck out eight, but a dearth of offense stymied the Cougars, as they fell 2-1 to OU.

The Cougars next quarrel with Texas State-San Marcos in a Tuesday doubleheader in San Marcos. Game time is 6 p.m.
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