Feb. 12, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - Ninth-ranked Rice took advantage of seven walks, five hits and a Cougar error to take a 4-0 win over the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday at Reckling Park in game one of the Silver Glove Series.
The two teams continue the five-game, regular-season series when they meet at Cougar Field at 7 p.m., Feb. 26.
Rice (3-1), which extended its winning streak over the Cougars to three games, struck for the game's first runs with three runs in the third inning, thanks to a hit, two walks and a hit batter. Eric Arnold drew a bases loaded walk to start the scoring and a Cougar wild pitch and Vincent Sinisi's RBI-groundout capped the rally.
One inning later, the Owls used two hits, a walk and a Cougar error in the outfield to score an unearned run for a 4-0 lead and the final margin of victory.
Cho went 2-for-4 to lead the Cougar offense, while outfielder Anthony Scalise extended his season-opening hitting streak to three games with a single in the second inning.
It marked the first time since a 4-0 loss at Tulane on April 17, 1999, that the Cougars had been shutout, a span of 153 games. It was also the first time since April 11, 1992, and only the fifth time in the all-time series that the Owls shutout UH.
UH freshman southpaw Taylor Gartz, making his collegiate debut, dropped to 0-1 after allowing four walks, a hit and three runs in 2.0 innings. Rice starter David Aardsma, working on a pitch count, improved to 1-0 by scattering five hits with three strikeouts in 4.0 shutout innings.
A.J. Porfirio led the Rice attack with three of the team's five hits.
The Cougars hit the road again Friday to compete in the first day of the Dell Diamond Tournament at Round Rock, Texas. The two-day event starts with a 5 p.m. game Friday against Texas Tech and concludes at 4 p.m. Saturday against Southwest Texas State.
Fans will also be able to catch a glimpse of their team in action at Cougar Field on Saturday when the team competes in the annual Alumni Day festivities. Two alumni teams will square off at noon to start the day's fun with the 2002 Cougars and another alumni team meeting around 2 p.m.