Skender's Slam lifts Houston in game two
April 28, 2004
LAKE CHARLES, La. - The University of Houston softball team improved to 31-21 on the season, with a 5-3 win over McNeese State in game two of a double header at Cowgirl Diamond in Lake Charles, La. Tuesday night.
The Cougars were powered by the bat of junior Jenilee Skender, who launched her seventh home run of the season in the fifth inning to give Houston a 5-1 lead.
After back to back doubles by Lindsay Durham and Kim Nesloney and a walk to Kristen Glowacz, Skender crushed a pitch over the left field scoreboard for her first grand slam of the year. The shot snapped a 1-1 tie and game Houston all the offense they would need to hold onto the win. The grand slam is the fourth for Houston this season; Glowacz has two while Jeanie Davis and Skender each have one.
The Cougars got on the board in the first inning as Nesloney singled and stole second base. Jamie Adams executed a perfect sacrifice bunt, to move Nesloney to third base, but beat the throw to first for a single and advanced to second base on an error by McNeese third baseman Mandi Salter. Nesloney scored on the error.
The Cowgirls tied the game in the bottom of the first inning, taking advantage of an error by Glowacz. They picked up two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but could not recover from Skender's slam.
Carla Kennimer pitched five innings and picked up the win for Houston, improving to 6-4 on the season. She stuck out four Cowgirls in the game, two of which came with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning. Crystal Briscoe notched her first save of the year with two innings of work, giving up no hits and striking out two.
The Cougars will be in action again Saturday as they take on Conference USA opponent Charlotte in a double header starting at 1 p.m. Sunday's game which also starts at 1 p.m. will be senior day, as the Cougar softball program honors their inaugural senior class