Feb. 22, 2004
HOUSTON, Texas - Freshman pitcher Carla Kennimer (Porter, Texas) earned her second win of her career and the Cougar bats pounded out nine hits, as the University of Houston concluded the Crowne Plaza Classic at the Cougar Softball Complex with a 8-0 whitewashing of Manhattan College.
With the win the Cougars improve to 11-5 on the season, and the Jaspers fall to 0-5.
In earning her first career complete game and shutout, Kennimer kept the Manhattan offense on its heels with a mixture of fastballs, curves and change-ups. Kennimer struck out five and walked no one in scattering four hits over five innings. As Kennimer was silencing the Jasper bats, it took one trip through the lineup before the Cougar bats woke up.
Junior Kim Nesloney led off the third inning with a walk and was sacrificed to second by senior Jenny Baker. After a groundout by junior Kristen Glowacz, senior Arelis Ferreris brought Nesloney home on a sharp single up the middle. Junior Jenilee Skender capped the third-inning scoring with a mammoth blast to center field for her second home run of the season and a 3-0 UH lead.
In the fourth inning the Cougars' aggressiveness on the base paths netted them a single run. Senior Melissa Lynch walked and reached second on the back end of a double steal, even though senior Candis Turbo was gunned down at the plate. After an infield single by sophomore Brooke Johnson put runners on the corners, the Cougars executed another double steal with Nesloney at bat. As Nesloney struck out, Lynch scored before Johnson was caught stealing to end the inning.
The Cougars put the game out of reach with a four-run fifth. Baker led off the frame with an infield single and scored on Ferreris' second home run of the year to give Houston a 6-0 lead. The round-tripper was the 31st of Ferreris' career, which is tops in Houston history.
Houston finished the fifth with two more runs, as Skender walked and scored on a triple to right center by junior Michelle Keith. The eighth run came home on a double to right field by Turnbo.
Ferreris was two-for-three with three RBI, while Turnbo earned her first two hits of the year in three at-bats.
The Cougars are off until February 26-29, when they play host to the Hyatt Regency Cougar Classic. BYU, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Villanova and Virginia are all scheduled to participate in the four-day round robin at the Cougar Softball Complex. Houston will face BYU on Thursday, February 26, as well as MSU and Pitt on Friday, and then Virginia and Villanova on Saturday.
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