March 28, 2004
HOUSTON - Houston's offense got off to a quick start Sunday afternoon, jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, but a three-run second inning by Southern Miss helped the Golden Eagles grab a 5-2 win at the Cougar Softball Complex.
Jenilee Skender knocked in the first run of the game for Houston with a sharp single to the shortstop, knocking in Kim Nesloney who had walked in the lead off spot and had been sacrificed over to third base by Jamie Adams and Kristen Glowacz.
Trailing the Cougars 1-0 after the opening frame, Southern Miss started the second inning with two singles to put runners on the corners. Heather Bell popped up for the first out of the inning, but the next batter Ashley Brenan smashed a home run to center field to give the Golden Eagles the lead 3-1.
The third inning saw both teams put a run on the board. Southern Miss picked up a run on two hits while stranding two base runners. Houston answered back in the bottom of the inning with Skender driving in Glowacz on a double to centerfield. Skender had a game-high three hits, going three-for-three with two runs batten in.
Southern Miss added a final run in the top of the seventh inning when Charity Butler ripped a double down the right field line, scoring Auriel Jenkins.
Carla Kennimer took the loss for Houston, going one and one-third innings giving up three runs on four hits. Jenny Johnson pitched one and one third innings and Jamie Falco threw four and a third innings, each giving up one earned run.
The series sweep by Southern Miss is the first for a Cougar opponent since DePaul swept Houston last year. Houston will be in action again next Saturday when they take on DePaul in a double header in Chicago, Ill. starting at 12 p.m.