April 28, 2004
LAKE CHARLES, La. - It took extra innings for the University of Houston softball team to take advantage of the solid pitching performance by Cougar senior Jenny Johnson in Houston's 4-0 win over McNeese State Tuesday night at Cowgirl Diamond in Lake Charles, La.
The Cougars picked up four runs in the top of the eighth inning, capitalizing on McNeese pitcher Jessica Denham's loss of control. Kim Nesloney and Brandi Clark advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch from Denham, and Nesloney scored on a passed ball to break the 0-0 tie with one out in the inning. Kristen Glowacz then singled in Clark to give the Cougars a 2-0 advantage.
The Cowgirls looked like they would get out of the inning down 2-0 after Glowacz was thrown out at home plate on a fielders choice off the bat of Jenilee Skender, but a triple by Jeanie Davis knocked in Skender to give Houston a 3-0 lead. The Cougars added one more run in the frame when McNeese leftfielder Meghan Novak dropped a line drive by Arelis Ferreris which plated Davis, putting Houston up 4-0.
Johnson, who struck out the side in the seventh inning, retired the Cowgirls in order in the eighth to seal the win for the Cougars. She pitched eight shutout innings to pick up her 10th win of the season, giving up no runs on three hits while striking out eight Cowgirl batters.