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Volume 69, Issue 94, Thursday, February 19, 2004


Cougars sweep No. 15 Aggies in doubleheader

Nesloney secures win in Game 1; Johnson gets shutout in Game 2; Holas wins 100th career game

Cougar Sports Staff

Coming into Wednesday's doubleheader against No. 15 Texas A&M, the UH softball team just wanted to put up a good showing. 

They did. 

The Cougars (8-3) swept the two-game set against the Aggies, marking the first series sweep of a nationally ranked team in the program's four-year history. 

Houston won the first game 6-5 and then shut out the Aggies 3-0 in the second game. 

With the win in Game 1, UH head coach Kyla Holas earned her 100th victory at UH, and the 100th win for the program.

In Game 2, UH jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBIs by sophomore outfielder Brandi Clark and senior catcher Alexis Ferreris. Clark and junior outfielder Kim Nesloney scored the two Cougar runs. Senior pitcher Jenny Johnson earned her first shutout of the season, giving up no runs on eight hits and one walk in seven innings. 

Aggie pitcher Jill Weynand also allowed eight hits in seven innings but picked up the loss by allowing three earned runs. 

Game 1 was more difficult for UH. The Aggies seemed to have UH on the ropes with leads of 4-1 and 5-2. 

Senior pitcher Jamie Falco was knocked out in the first inning after giving up four runs on a hit, a walk, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly. 

The Cougars cut the deficit to 4-2 in the third inning, but the Aggies answered when outfielder Serah Atkins hit a solo homer in the top of the fourth, increasing A&M's lead to 5-2. 

UH tightened the margin to 5-3 in the fifth when senior outfielder Lindsay Durham hit a sac fly, scoring junior infielder Michelle Keith. 

After adding a run in the sixth, Houston trailed 5-4 going into the seventh. 

Johnson came on in relief to pitch a perfect half inning in the top of the seventh, and Nesloney came up with a game-winning two-run homerun.

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