Hi 75 / Lo 55
|Volume 70, Issue 113,
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Cougars fall in 2 games to C-USA rival DePaul
UH loses Game 2 despite 12-inning struggle
By Lourdes Castillo
The Cougars allowed two games in favor of Conference-USA rival DePaul in a doubleheader, ending 8-5 and 7-6.
"It's definitely not how we planned on things going," assistant coach Beth McClendon, said. "I feel like it's a setback, but its something we have to make up down the road."
Senior Michelle Keith recorded a three-for-three performance in three RBIs and one run while senior Kristen Glowacz saw two homers of her own.
Houston played a doubleheader against conference foe DePaul in which the Cougars suffered tough losses to the Blue Demons.
Coby James/The Daily Cougar
In Game 1, allowing five runs on only one hit, the Cougars fell behind 5-0 until Keith's single drove in Glowacz in the bottom of the fourth. The Cougars were able to tie at five apiece as Keith hit a double to again bring Glowacz and freshman Jennifer Walsh home.
Junior Jamie Adams continued with a triple allowing Keith to plate, followed by senior Jeanie Davis' single up the middle plating Adams and tying the score in the bottom of the sixth.
"I feel like we are we still in the thick of it," McClendon said. "I feel like we were the better team today, but we beat ourselves."
Despite the Cougars retiring two Blue Demon batters in the seventh inning, a questionable call lit up the ball game in DePaul's favor as they managed to score three more runs and end the game 8-5.
McClendon said the Cougars will just have to make up the loss with wins against future conference foes.
"Where we may have been able to get a two out of three against other good teams like Louisville and South Florida, now we are going to have to sweep," McClendon said. "We've made it tougher for ourselves, but by no means are we out of the race."
The Cougars responded right back in Game 2, taking a 2-0 lead when Glowacz led off the second inning with her 10th home run of the season. Davis, who had reached first on a walk, was later brought home by junior Jaci Gonzalez.
With Gonzalez on third and junior Brooke Johnson stealing second, Senior Kim Nesloney sent a single up the middle allowing two runs to be scored and the Cougars to take the 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
DePaul managed to take a 6-5 advantage in the sixth inning; however, Glowacz tied up the ballgame six-all with her second solo of the night.
The Cougars and Blue Demons remained scoreless until the 12th inning when DePaul's All-American Saskia Roberson sent a ball over the fence to end the game 7-6.
"I think that we always have a battle with DePaul, and we are going to expect that tomorrow, and we are just going to put our best nine out there and hope that things go our way," McClendon said.
The Houston softball team will face DePaul again
at noon today at the Softball Cougar Complex.
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