Feb. 21, 2004
HOUSTON - Despite collecting eight hits in their game against Florida Saturday night, the University of Houston softball team could not overcome a five-run Gator first inning, falling 8-2 in the Cougars third game of the Crowne Plaza Classic at Cougar Field on Saturday night.
A combination of Houston errors and big hits by Florida spelled trouble for the Cougars in the first inning, as the Gators put five runs on the board. After retiring the first batter of the game, senior Jenny Johnson gave up back to back doubles to Lauren Rousell and Mylin Prieto. Florida then took advantage of three Houston errors, which led to two more runs. The big blow of the inning came on a two out home run by Lindsey Cameron which forced Johnson out of the game after just two thirds of an inning. Crystal Briscoe relieved Johnson and forced Lacy Howard into a ground out to end the inning.
The score remained 5-0 until the top of the seventh inning when the Gators put three more runs on the board for an 8-0 lead,
Houston got on the board in the bottom of the seventh on a one out double by Kim Nesloney which moved Jaci Gonzalez to third base and plated Candis Turnbo who had gotten on base on a fielders choice. Gonzalez scored Houston's second run on a wild pitch by Florida's Amanda Moore.
The loss dropped Houston to 9-5 on the year and 1-2 for the weekend in the Crowne Plaza Classic.