Houston Falls To Baylor In Bottom Of Seventh
March 15, 2004
WACO, Texas - Baylor's Danelle Arnold laced a double into the left-center gap to score pinch runner Amber Daniel in the bottom of seventh, sending the Bears to a 4-3 win over the Houston Cougars, completing the doubleheader sweep. The Cougars fall to 23-10 on the year and will now face Texas-Arlington in a doubleheader in Arlington tomorrow afternoon.
Houston broke its scoring drought right off the bat, scoring two runs in the first inning. Kim Nesloney started the frame for the Cougars by getting hit by the pitch, and when Jamie Adams attempted a sacrifice bunt, both runners were safe when Baylor first baseman April Luce threw to second base to get a speedy Nesloney.
Kristen Glowacz brought Nesloney home on a long single off the left field wall, and she moved up to second with the throw in from the outfield. After a groundout by Jenilee Skender, Arelis Ferreris singled up the middle to score Adams, but Glowacz was thrown out at the plate trying to score.
Baylor countered with a run in their half of the first, slicing into the Houston lead. With one out Harmony Schwethelm singled up the middle and then stole second base. She came home on a sharp single up the middle by Chelsi Lake.
The Bears took the lead in the second, thanks in part to shoddy defensive play by the Cougars and some bloop infield hits by Baylor. The Bears started off the frame with back-to-back soft-pop singles in front of the Cougar middle infielders. When Stephanie Pomes laid down a sacrifice bunt, UH's Adams dropped the throw from Glowacz, allowing Carrie Leerberg to race around from second to score the tying run.
The next batter, Danelle Arnold, grounded out unassisted to Michelle Keith, but it was hit hard enough to allow Kim Wilmoth to score the go-ahead run. Jenny Johnson escaped further damage in the inning by coaxing a foul out and a strike out.
Houston tied it up in the top of the sixth, as Glowacz ripped a line drive triple to dead center field. Skender tied the game a 3-3 when she lined two-strike single into left field. Jenny Baker was inserted as a pinch runner for Skender, and Ferreris immediately sacrificed her into scoring position. The Cougar threat ended when Brandi Clark popped up to the catcher, and it was then determined that Baker has left second base too early, and thus she was doubled up.