Feb. 18, 2004
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - For the first time in school history the University of Houston swept a doubleheader from a nationally-ranked opponent, riding the complete game performance by senior Jenny Johnson en route to a 3-0 shutout of #15 Texas A&M. Earlier in the afternoon the Cougars had rallied for a 6-5 win over the Aggies in the first game of the doubleheader.
The Cougars improve to 8-3 on the year, while the Aggies drop to 5-5. For the second straight game the Cougars struck first, plating two runs in the first inning. Junior Kim Nesloney led off the inning by coaxing a walk off A&M pitcher Jill Weynand. Sophomore Brandi Clark ripped a double into the right-center gap, scoring Nesloney all the way from first. Junior Kristen Glowacz continued the inning for Houston, as she legged out a bunt single which advanced Clark to third. With senior Arelis Ferreris at the plate, Glowacz stole second to put two runners in scoring position. On the next pitch Ferreris lofted a fly to deep left to score Clark and give the Cougars a 2-0 lead.
The Cougars hit paydirt again in the fourth, when senior Lindsay Durham launched a moon shot home run, her first of the season, to increase the Houston lead to 3-0. UH had a golden opportunity to score more runs in the fourth frame, as sophomore Jaci Gonzalez took a Weynand pitch deep into the right center gap for a double, and then Nesloney hit a blooper over second to put runners on the corners. Nesloney stole second to put runners in scoring position, but Clark fouled out and Glowacz struck out looking.
The Aggies threatened in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners at the corners with two outs. But, Clark made a fantastic catch of a line drive off the bat of Jana James to preserve the Cougar win.
Next up for the Cougars is the Crowne Plaza Classic this weekend at the Cougar Softball Complex. Nationally-ranked Nebraska, as well as Florida, Indiana, Centenary and Manhattan College will visit Houston over the weekend (February 20-22.)
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