Houston, Texas - The University of Houston softball team swept a doubleheader, 5-0, 6-1, against Loyola University-Chicago on Tuesday at Baseball USA in Houston. Freshmen Jenny Johnson and Jamie Falco both threw complete games for Houston as the Cougars improved to 9-16 and the Ramblers fell to 2-5.
In game one, the Cougars scored one run in the bottom of the first Johnson and then exploded for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to increase the lead. Johnson, who recorded her third career win and her first career shut out, allowed just three hits, one walks, and struck out three.
Offensively, Houston was lead by junior second baseman Leslie Seay who ripped a double to left center that scored Houston's first run of the game. Seay finished the first game 1-for-2 with one RBI and two stolen bases.
In the second game, UH again jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the bottom of the first. Junior second baseman Ali McDougall knocked in an RBI as she reached on a fielder's choice for the Cougars' first run. Grand Prairie native, Arelis Ferreris blasted a two RBI triple and scored after a Loyola error to make the score 4-0. Ferreris turned in a stellar performance for Houston going a combined 4-for-5 with two RBI and one stolen base in the two games. McDougall also returned in the bottom of the third to smash her third homerun of the season over the left field fence.
Falco dominated the second game in the pitchers circle and picked up her fourth win of the season. She allowed one earned run while striking out two and walking only one. Jenny Rice started for Loyola and gave up 6 runs receiving her first loss of the season (1-1).
Houston will next travel to Austin to face the Texas Longhorns on
Wednesday, March 7 for a doubleheader matchup. Game one with the
Longhorns is scheduled to begin 5:00 p.m. from McCombs Field.