Feb. 8, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Houston softball team finished in second-place at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational, as the Cougars fell to the host Longhorns, 1-0, in the championship game this afternoon at McCombs Field.
Houston finished the three-day tournament with a 3-2 mark, falling to the #11 Longhorns twice by the thin margin of one run.
As indicative of the entire weekend, the Cougars were not going down without a fight. In their final at-bat the Cougars had runners on first and second with one out, but Texas came up with back-to-back fielding gems to squelch the Cougar rally. With one out sophomores Jaci Gonzalez and Brandi Clark wrapped consecutive singles to bring up junior Kim Nesloney. Nesloney was robbed of a hit by a spectacular play by UT shortstop Amber Hall, and then junior Kristen Glowacz ripped the first pitch she saw to third baseman Wynter Turner to end the game.
The loss overshadowed yet another sparkling pitching performance by senior Jenny Johnson. Coming out of the pen for the fourth time in five games, Johnson held the Horns scoreless over the final three innings to keep her 2004 ERA at 0.00 in almost 16 innings of work.
Before the seventh-inning almost-rally, the Cougars' bats were silenced for the most part by UT pitcher Amy Bradford. Junior Jenilee Skender had a first-inning single, and another junior, Michelle Keith, produced a one-out double in the second. Both were stranded, and the Cougars finished the day with nine runners left on base.
Next up for the Cougars is a doubleheader at Texas A&M on Wednesday, February 11. The Cougars open the 2004 season by playing host to the Hilton Plaza Invitational at the Cougar Softball Field on February 13-15.