Baseball Rally Falls Short Against Texas
Feb. 9, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - The University of Houston baseball team scored two runs in the ninth inning to pull to within one run but would get no closer Saturday as the University of Texas took a 7-6 win over the Cougars during the Astros College Classic at Enron Field.
The Longhorns (3-1) scored five runs with two outs in the sixth inning to rally from a three-run deficit and added an insurance run in the seventh inning before the UH rally fell short. Eric Sultemeier provided the big blow for the Longhorns with a two-run home run to give Texas a 5-4 lead, and J.D. Reininger followed that with a solo home run of his own. Michael Hollimon added a solo home run one inning later for Texas' final runs.
In the ninth, Anthony Scalise, making his first start in a Cougar uniform, led off with a double down the right field line and moved to third base on Hyung Cho's single to left field. One batter later, Chris Snyder plated both runners with a single down the left field line.
However, UT reliever Huston Street forced Jesse Crain to hit into a game-ending double play to end both the Cougar threat and the game.
Street collected his first save of the season, and UT reliever Tim McGough improved to 1-0, despite allowing five hits and three runs in 4.1 innings. Cougar reliever Bryan Harris dropped to 0-1 after allowing two hits and two runs.
The Cougars (1-1) wrap up their stay at the tournament when they face No. 30 Texas A&M at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Scalise, who entered the UH starting lineup late after starter Sam Mitchell was hit in the back by a line drive in batting practice, led the Cougars, going 3-for-5 with a run and two RBIs. 2002 Conference USA All-Preseason Team member Hyung Cho also went 3-for-5 and added a pair of runs in the losing effort.
Chris Snyder and Stuart Musslewhite, making his first appearance as a Cougar, each added two hits.
The Cougars struck for the game's first run in the second inning when junior first baseman Brett Cooley launched his first home run of the year over the left center field wall.
UH added to its lead in the third inning with another run. Cho started the scoring with a single through the right side and moved into scoring position on a Texas infield error. After Snyder was hit by a Brad Halsey offering to load the bases, Cho put UH ahead 2-0 on Crain's RBI infield groundout.
Texas pulled to within one in the third inning when Chris Carmichael's single to right field plated Eric Sultemeier.
However, the Cougars rallied in the top of the fourth inning with a run of their own. Musslewhite led off with a single to right field and moved into scoring position with his first stolen base of the season. Two batters later, Scalise ripped a single up the middle for a 3-1 lead.
In the sixth inning, Musslewhite again sparked the Cougar offense, leading off the frame with a double in the left center gap. After two infield groundouts, Scalise plated his UH teammate with a single up the middle.