Feb. 12, 2005
HOUSTON - Keanon Simon's two-out double in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Oklahoma State to a 3-2 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Saturday in the Cougars' second game of the 2005 Minute Maid Park College Classic.
After OSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead through the first five innings, the Cougars mounted their lone scoring inning in the sixth frame. Kevin Roberts and Brad Lincoln led off with back-to-back doubles for the team's first run of the day. After a walk and sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with only one out. Dustin Kingsbury lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to score Lincoln from third and tie the game at 2-2.
In the bottom of the inning, OSU regained the lead for good. Corey Brown led off with a walk and moved into scoring position following a sacrifice bunt. Brown advanced another base on an infield groundout before Simon blasted a 1-2 offering into the right-center gap.
The Cougars mounted another threat in the eighth inning by loading the bases with two outs, courtesy of three walks. However, OSU closer Adam Carr struck out Stephen Whalen to end the Cougars' final threat.
With the loss, the Cougars dropped to 0-2 this season. It marked the first time since 1998 that the Cougars lost their first two games to open a season. OSU improved to 4-1.
Roberts went 2-for-4 with a run to lead the Cougar offense, which outhit Oklahoma State 7-6. No OSU player collected more than one hit in the game with Simon, Ty Wright and Chris Gutierrez providing the Cowboys' RBIs.
Making his collegiate debut, UH starter Ricky Hargrove allowed only three runs (two earned) off five hits with two strikeouts in six innings of work but collected the loss. OSU reliever Scott Richmond improved to 1-0 after holding the Cougars hitless with a strikeout in two shutout innings. Carr picked up his first save after throwing 1.1 innings of shutout relief.
The Cougars wrap up their stay at the tournament at 6 p.m., Sunday when they meet No. 9 Texas A&M. That game can be heard live on KLVL 1480 AM or over the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also follow the action by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
The Cowboys scored the game's first run in their first at-bat when Justin Colbert scored on a Cougar infield error. OSU doubled their advantage in the second inning when Gutierrez's RBI-single to left field plated Mike Hernandez, who reached on a UH infield error to lead off the frame.
The score remained that way until the sixth inning when the Cougars knotted the score.