April 10, 2004
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
The University of Houston softball team completed a three-game sweep of the UAB Blazers Sunday afternoon with a 7-5 win at George Ward Park in Birmingham Ala.
The Cougars used a four-run, fourth inning rally to take a 4-2 lead, and a seventh inning two run home run by Jenilee Skender helped Houston improve to 28-16 on the season and 7-5 in Conference USA play.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning, Brooke Johnson knocked in Jenny Baker and Arelis Ferreris with a double to right field, giving the Cougars a 3-2 lead. Johnson came around to score on a single by Jaci Gonzalez who rounded out the Houston fourth inning scoring when she came across on a single by Jamie Adams. The Cougars would never trail again after staking the 5-2 lead.
Skender hit her fifth home run of the year in the top of the seventh inning, a two run shot over the left center field wall, giving the Cougars a five run lead at 7-2. The two insurance runs proved to be important in the end, as UAB refused to go down with out a fight.
The Blazers opened the inning with a double to center field and scored their first run since the second inning on an RBI single by Beth Mullins to cut the Cougars lead to four at 7-3. Holly Krzan then closed the gap even more for UAB with a two run home run to bring the Blazers within two at 7-5.
Briscoe had been unhittable through the middle innings of the game, retiring 12 straight Blazers, including seven strikeouts in the sequence. She finished the game with career high 10 strikeouts in six and one-third innings pitched while giving up four earned runs. She improved to 8-7 on the year with the win, which was her second of the weekend.
Ferreris got the Cougars on the board in the second inning with her team leading eighth home run of the year; a solo shot to left field that tied the game at 1-1.
Houston softball will be in action again Saturday April 17 when they take on Louisville in a double header starting at 1 p.m. The Cougars and the Cardinals will close out their series with a single game Sunday starting at 1 p.m.