Doubleheader Brings Double Losses
March 22, 2005
HOUSTON - Houston Softball let two games slip away on Tuesday night where visiting Conference USA foe DePaul, took both games of the twin bill from the Cougars at the Cougar Softball Field.
On the evening, the Cougars fell in the first game 8-5, and in a marathon-12-inning-three-and-a-half-hour game DePaul won out 7-6.
Despite a 3-for-3 performance by senior Michelle Keith that resulted in three RBI and one run, the Cougars were unable to overcome some early mistakes in Game 1 of the twin bill and fell 8-5.
The second game began with the Cougars taking an early 4-0 lead before falling behind 6-5. Senior Kristen Glowacz tied up the game with her second solo home run of the evening, but in the 12th inning of extra innings DePaul won out.
Throughout Game 1, the Cougars found a way to knock the ball around the park, but had trouble converting the hits into runs. In the game, Houston out hit DePaul by a whopping 13-6, but allowed the Demons to score on four unearned runs.
DePaul grabbed an early five run lead in the top of the third, as a few costly mistakes by the Cougars allowed the five runs to come in with just one hit, and one of the runs counting as earned.
Down 5-1 after a Keith single drove in Glowacz in the fourth, Houston rallied to a four run inning in the sixth to tie the score up at five apiece.
In the sixth, it was again Keith who helped Houston pick up some runs as she smacked a double that brought in both Glowacz and Jennifer Walsh. With two outs in the inning, a Jamie Adams triple brought Keith home, allowing Jeanie Davis to single up the middle and bring in Adams, tying the score at 5-5.
The seventh inning saw Houston retire the first two Blue Demon batters, but a questionable call by the officials kept the inning alive and allowed three more runs to come in and sealed the ballgame at 8-5.
Wanting to avenge their loss in Game 1, the Cougars grabbed a two-run lead in the second as Glowacz blasted her 10th home run of the year to lead off the inning. Jaci Gonzalez drove in Davis, who had reached on a walk, to give the Cougars the 2-0 lead.
With runners on the corners and Houston reaching to top of the batting order, Brooke Johnson stole second to place two runners in scoring position. Nesloney then drilled a single up the middle that brought in both runners for a 4-0 lead in the ballgame.
Heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Cougars had lost the lead and trailed the Blue Demons 6-5. However, Glowacz tied up the game at six apiece with her second solo shot of the night.
The Cougars and Blue Demons entered extra innings where the two teams went scoreless through the next four innings before DePaul's All-American Saskia Roberson hit a solo home run in the top of the 12th to win the game.
Houston and DePaul square off again on Wednesday at noon at the Cougar Softball Field.