May 15, 2004
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Houston softball team finally finished their game with the USF Bulls Saturday afternoon, wrapping up a 7-3 win to advance to the tournament finals after a 22-hour rain delay.
The game began on Friday night and was postponed due to rain until 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Cougars led, 5-0, heading into the delay and managed to hold the advantage when the game resumed on Saturday. Houston outhit the Bulls 10-5 and took advantage of four costly USF errors.
On Friday night, the Cougars posted a five-run inning in the third frame. Jeanie Davis notched a double that plated Kristen Glowacz, and Brooke Johnson knocked in Jenilee Skender on an RBI single. UH tacked on another run on a USF fielding error. Jaci Gonzalez then ripped a double to right field and scored Arelis Ferreris and then came home on a balk by USF's Leigh Ann Ellis before the game was called due to heavy rain.
The game resumed on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and the Bulls were quick to answer Houston's third-inning run. Krista Holle singled to right field in the top of the fourth to plate Carmela Liwag who walked. With the bases loaded, Houston's Crystal Briscoe hit Rena Rodriguez with a pitch, forcing Holly Groves to score.
The gap widened in the bottom of the fourth inning when Houston notched two more runs. Jamie Adams reached first after being hit by Danielle Urbanik, who relieved Ellis, and walked to first. Glowacz registered a double that put Adams on third. Adams scored on a fielder's choice hit by Skender and Glowacz came across giving Houston a 7-3 lead on a sacrifice fly by Davis.
Briscoe (12-9) posted the win for Houston, striking out three and allowing two earned runs, while Jenny Johnson picked up her nation's best 10th save, while striking out five Bulls. Glowacz and Skender hit 2-for-4, while Brooke Johnson went 2-for-3.
The Cougars will play in the championship game Sunday at a time yet to be determined.