April 29, 2001
ST. LOUIS - Leslie Seay sprinted home with an unearned run with two outs in the top of the eighth as Houston edged Saint Louis 2-1 at The Billiken Sports Center on Sunday. The game was the 2001 home finale for the Billikens.
Seay tripled to centerfield with one out to put Houston in the position to it the game. After Lindsay Durham struck out, Riane Netardus came to bat. She cued a ball off the glove of Billiken first baseman Beth Yagge, but the ball bounced straight to second baseman Jamie Hayden. Hayden's throw beat Netardus to first, but the ball glanced off Yagge's glove and Seay scored the game-winning run.
Houston grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Ali McDougall walked to leadoff and moved to second on Arelis Ferreris' sac bunt. A groundout pushed her to third and Melissa Lynch singled in the first run of the game. The Billikens tied the game in the sixth using Beth Puttcamp's speed on the basepaths. Puttcamp, who was 2-for-3 on the day, beat out an infield bunt single and promptly stole second. Hayden hit a ball deep to the shortstop but beat the throw for another infield single. The errant throw allowed Puttcamp to tie the game 1-1. The Billikens had a chance to win the game in the seventh when Adrie Bogaar's doubled with one out. Pinch runner Jessica Saucedo entered the game but was stranded there to end the seventh.
Both pitchers were outstanding in the circle. Houston starter Jenny Johnson retired 15 of the first 16 Billikens she faced and struck out six for the eighth win of the season. Saint Louis starter Heather Hubert struck out five and allowed only one hit after the fourth inning but took the complete game loss.
The Billikens dip to 22-30 overall, 3-15 in Conference USA. Houston
improves to 20-30, 8-9 in C-USA. The Billikens are next in action on
Tue., May 1, in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Bradley.