Softball Drops A Pair

    On day two of the Crowne Plaza Classic, Houston didn't have enough to overcome Minnesota and UNC.
    On day two of the Crowne Plaza Classic, Houston didn't have enough to overcome Minnesota and UNC.
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    Feb. 19, 2005

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    The second day of the Crowne Plaza Classic concluded Friday night with Houston dropping a pair of games on the evening, while three different teams cruised to 10-run games.

    In the morning games, No. 11 Baylor blew by Texas State 16-2, then followed that up with a 0-7 win over Minnesota. In the afternoon game, Texas State used an 11-run inning to zip past Kentucky 12-3, and Kentucky then fell 10-2 to North Carolina before the Gophers and Cougars took the field.

    Playing in the final two games of the day, Houston dropped its first game 4-1 to Minnesota and then fell/won the nightcap with the Tarheels, 2-1.

    Hitting in the leadoff position to begin the game against Minnesota, Nesloney blasted a solo homerun shot over the leftfield fence on a full-count pitch to give the Cougars the 1-0 lead after the first batter.

    Through the next three innings both teams held the other scoreless until Minnesota's Megan Higginbotham tied up the ballgame with a solo shot of her own in the bottom of the fourth.

    Tied at 1-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, Minnesota maneuvered Melissa Murnane into scoring position at third base with a pair of sacrifice bunts. Murnane scored on the next play as the Gopher batter also safely reached first on a Houston error. That error proved to be costly we the next batter hit a two-run homer to give Minnesota a 4-1 lead that it would not let go.

    Facing North Carolina in the nightcap, the Tarheels and Cougars played to a five-inning impasse before North Carolina scored on a single that brougt in Whitney Gelin from second.

    The Tarheel lead didn't last as senior Kristen Glowacz led off the inning by sending a bomb over the leftfield wall to even up the score. Glowacz hit also moved her past former Cougar Arelis Ferreris for the No. 1 spot on the all-time hit list at Houston.

    North Carolina took the lead back at 2-1 in the top of the seventh after the Tarheels' Julie Bove scored on a sacrifice fly to right field. The run proved to be the game winner as the Tarheels slipped away with a 2-1 win.

     

     

    The third and final day of the Crowne Plaza Classic begins at 9 a.m. with Minnesota and Kentucky, followed by Baylor and North Carolina, and concluding with Houston and Texas State at 1 p.m.

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