Cougar softball overpowers Charlotte in game one
May 2, 2004
HOUSTON - Spurred by a six run, six hit third inning Sunday morning, the University of Houston softball team took game one of a double header against Conference USA foe Charlotte 8-1 at the Cougar Softball Complex. The win improved Houston's record to 32-21 and 9-10 in C-USA play.
With the game tied at 1-1, Kim Nesloney walked to lead off the third and was knocked in on a triple by Jamie Adams to put the Cougars up 2-1. The hit parade continued after Adams three-bagger as Kristen Glowacz hit an RBI single to centerfield and Jenilee Skender hit her eighth home run of the year over the left field fence. Back to back singles by Jeanie Davis and Arelis Ferreris provided Brooke Johnson with an RBI opportunity, which she delivered on with a double to left field to put Houston up 6-1. The final run of the inning came across as Charlotte shortstop J. J. McVay committed an error on a hit by Lindsay Durham, which knocked in Johnson.
The Cougars batted through their line up in the third and as a team, hit for the cycle, with a single, a double, a triple and a home run.
Houston added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning as Melissa Lynch drew a bases loaded walk to push across Jaci Gonzalez, who had reached on a single to centerfield. The Cougars threatened to score more in the frame as Skender hit a line drive to the centerfield fence for what appeared to be a grand slam. However Charlotte centerfielder Becky Holt snagged the ball as it started to clear the fence for the final out of the inning.
The big third inning proved to be all Houston starting pitcher, senior, Jamie Falco needed as she shut the 49erss down after a first inning triple gave Charlotte an early 1-0 lead. Falco did not allow another hit the rest of the game, finishing with one hit, one earned run seven walks and five strike outs in her final home game as a Cougar. She improved to 7-2 on the year with the win.
After Houston fell behind in the first inning, they answered back quickly in the bottom of the inning as Nesloney walked and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Adams. Glowacz tied the game with a hard hit double to right field, which knocked in Nesloney.
Kim Nesloney drew four walks in the game, setting a school record for walks in a game. The previous mark was three, and was last accomplished by Skender earlier this season against Northern Iowa.