Feb. 10, 2007
HOUSTON - Brodie Greene lifted a two-run, bloop single into shallow center field in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and help lead Texas A&M to a 3-2 win over the University of Houston baseball team Saturday during the second day of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie after five innings before the Aggies used a two-out rally in the sixth to grab the lead for good. Pinch hitter Darby Brown and Josh Stinson started the rally with back-to-back singles and moved up a base following a wild pitch. Greene's single into shallow center field allowed both runners to score for a 3-1 Texas A&M lead.
The Cougars (2-1) pulled to within a run in the eighth inning when sophomore DH Jimmy Cesario launched a towering solo home run to right field. However, that would be as close as the Cougars would get the rest of the way.
Texas A&M reliever Jordan Chambless collected the win and improved to 1-0 after holding the Cougars to one run off a hit with six strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work. UH reliever John Touchton fell to 0-1 after giving up two runs off three hits with a pair of strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
Making his first collegiate start, UH freshman southpaw Donnie Joseph was impressive, limiting the Aggies to only one unearned run off five hits with a pair of strikeouts in five innings.
For the first time in 2007, the Cougar offense was held to less than 10 hits in a game. Sophomore outfielder Felix Fanaselle went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and double, while Cesario finished the night 2-for-3 with a solo homer.
Greene went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Aggie offense, which outhit the Cougars 8-7.
The Cougars, who recorded their third consecutive win over Baylor, continue their stay at the tournament when they face Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m., Saturday. UH wraps up the tournament at 11 a.m., Sunday when it squares off against No. 6 Arizona State.
Fans can hear the game live on UHCougars.com with former Cougar letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans can follow live stats by clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the front page of UHCougars.com or on the Schedule and Results page off the Baseball main page.
Freshman southpaw Wes Musick is scheduled to make his second start of the week against the Sun Devils. The Lufkin native threw three hitless, shutout innings during the Cougars' 15-6 win over Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday during his collegiate debut.
Arizona State (4-0) comes into the game after losing 7-6 to No. 5 Vanderbilt in 10 innings earlier Saturday at the Houston College Classic. Head coach Pat Murphy had not announced his Sunday starter as of press time.
For the third consecutive game, the Cougars scored in their first at bat. Fanaselle blasted the first pitch he saw from Thebeau into the right-field stands, a towering shot estimated around 403 feet, to hand the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
The Aggies knotted the game in the third inning when Stinson's sacrifice fly to right field plated Ben Feltner, who led off the frame with a single to left field.