Feb. 28, 2004
HOUSTON, Texas - Junior Kristen Glowacz smashed a grand slam to cap a six-run second inning, as the University of Houston cruised to a 8-0 whitewashing of Villanova on Saturday evening in the Hyatt Regency Cougar Classic at the Cougar Softball Complex.
The Cougars concluded their portion of the tournament with a 4-1 record, and more than likely will capture the round robin tournament championship with three games played tomorrow that don't include Houston. UH runs its win streak to four straight---its longest of the season---and now sport a 15-6 record heading into Conference USA action on Tuesday against East Carolina.
As mentioned, the Cougars erupted for six runs in the top of the second inning. After one out sophomore Brandi Clark singled through the left side of the infield, freshman Jamie Adams followed with a walk and senior Jenny Baker loaded the bases after being hit by a Kristen Haynes pitch. Senior Lindsay Durham hit into a fielder's choice to force Clark at home, but junior Kim Nesloney plated two runs with a sharp single to right field.
Haynes plunked senior Arelis Ferreris to load the bases for Glowacz's blast to deep right center. It was the third home run of the season for the third baseman.
Houston scored again in the fifth by loading the bases on another hits batsman (Jenilee Skender), a walk (Jeanie Davis) and single to left field by Adams. Baker brought Skender home on a looper into right field, but the Cougars threat was thwarted by a strikeout and a groundout.
The Cougars tallied their final run on the evening in the seventh, manufacturing their eighth run without the benefit of a hit. Adams coaxed a walk to start the frame and advanced to second on a groundout by Baker. After moving to third on a wild pitch by new Villanova pitcher Tiffany Ross, Adams stole home after Nesloney had walked.
Sophomore pitcher Crystal Briscoe was brilliant in running her record to 4-1 on the year. Briscoe struck out eight, including five straight at one point, while scattering four hits over seven innings. The complete-game shutout was the second this season for Briscoe.
Offensively, the Cougars banged out nine hits, including two a piece for Nesloney and Glowacz.
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