Feb. 9, 2003
MALIBU, Calif. - Washington scored two runs in their first at-bat and never looked back in taking a 4-1 win over the University of Houston baseball team Sunday during final-day competition at the Battle at the Beach at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
UH starter Garrett Mock, making his Cougar debut, allowed only five hits and two runs with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work but collected the loss to fall to 0-1.
Washington starter Clay Johnson limited the Cougars to only four hits and one run with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings on the way to his first win of the season. Huskie reliever Trent Baysinger collected his first save of the year after allowing only one hit while striking out two in 1.1 innings.
Washington took a lead in their first at-bat after Kyle Larsen connected on a two-run homer to right center.
The Cougars cut the deficit in half in the top of the fourth inning. Cho reached on a looping fly ball fell into shallow left field and came around to score when Thanos Papavasiliou's double to right center rolled all the way to the fence.
The score remained that way until the seventh inning when the Huskies struck for two more run. Greg Isaacson's double put runners at second and third, and Drake smacked a single up the middle to score both runners and push the Washington lead to 4-1.
Drake went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Huskies with Larsen tying for game-high honors with two RBIs as well.
The Cougars return to action in their hometown this weekend when they compete at the Astros College Classic at Minute Maid Park. UH starts the tournament at 3 p.m. Friday when they meet 10th-ranked Baylor and continue their stay at 11 a.m. Saturday with a showdown against No. 37 Alabama. The Cougars wrap up their visit at the tournament as they meet No. 34 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. Sunday.