May 21, 2004
WACO, Texas - For the second time in as many meetings between the University of Houston and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, the two teams went to extra innings, this time the Cougars came out on top with a 1-0 win, the first NCAA Tournament win in school history.
Houston and TAMU-CC battled through a pitchers duel for seven and a half innings before the Cougars were able to string together a pair of hits in the bottom of the eighth inning.
After two quick outs to start the inning, Houston third baseman Kristen Glowacz hit an infield pop up which was not played by any of the Islander infielders, giving the Cougars a runner on first with two outs. Jenilee Skender took advantage of the gift from Corpus Christi, hitting a line drive to left center field. The ball split the Islander outfielders and rolled to the wall, giving Glowacz the opportunity to easily score from first base for the win.
"I was just looking for a base hit," Skender said of the game winning double. "I was looking to make contact and advance my runner."
Glowacz and Skender, and Jaci Gonzalez each picked up two hits in the game, Glowacz blasted a triple off the left field wall in the first inning, Skender hit another double in the fourth inning, while Gonzalez doubled twice.
Houston head coach Kyla Holas said it was good to see her team play the way they could, as opposed to the way the team played in its initial game against Seaton Hall Thursday afternoon.
"We came out today and played the we are capable of," Holas said. "It was good to do see them do the things we know we can do."
Senior Jamie Falco pitched a complete game two hitter for Houston to improve to 9-2 on the season. In eight innings she stuck out three Islander batters while walking one.
The Cougars will play again today at 5:30 p.m. against the loser of the Baylor, Illinois game.