Feb. 12, 2006
University of Houston junior righthander Brad Lincoln threw seven shutout innings, and junior infielder Dustin Kingsbury batted 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs to help lead the Cougar Baseball to a 5-1 win over Texas Tech in the finale of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
Lincoln, who improved to 1-0 this season, kept the Red Raider hitters off balance all day and limited TTU to only five hits with nine strikeouts. He extended his season-opening streak to 12.0 consecutive scoreless innings after shutting out Texas-San Antonio through five innings in the season opener Tuesday, breaking his previous high set during the 2004 season.
The Clute, Texas, native also helped his own cause at the plate, batting 2-for-5 with a run.
Meanwhile, Kingsbury was a vital part of a Cougar offense, which pounded out 11 hits. His one-out double plated the Cougars' first run in the first inning and he scored the team's second run two innings later.
Sophomore outfielder Bryan Tully went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and extended his career-best-tying hitting streak to nine games, dating back to the 2005 season. Junior outfielder Jake Stewart finished the day 2-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base.
TTU starter Aaron Odom collected the loss and dropped to 0-1 after giving up three runs with five strikeouts in six innings.
Brian Capps went 2-for-4, while Willie Rueda finished 2-for-3 to lead the Red Raiders, who rapped out seven hits in the game.
The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Tuesday, when they play host to Stephen F. Austin at Cougar Field. It will be the first meeting between the two teams in more than a decade.
The game can be heard live on www.UHCougars.com with former letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also can follow live stats by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
Tuesday's game will also be Sweetheart Day at Cougar Field. Couples who come to the ballpark will receive 2-for-1 admission
Prior to Tuesday's game, fans also can catch the second installment of The Rayner Noble Show at 5:30 p.m., Monday evening at www.UHCougars.com. Noble, along with host Nick Torina, will discuss the first week of the season and look ahead to the SFA game and next weekend's series at No. 10 Arizona State. Fans can submit their questions for Noble by clicking on the "Ask Coach Noble" link at www.UHCougars.com.
The Cougars jumped ahead in their first at bat with the first run of the game. Stewart led off with a ground-rule double down the right field line and moved up a base following an infield groundout. Kingsbury then slapped a double into right field to give the Cougars the early 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, UH struck for two more runs on a hit and TTU error. Kingsbury laced a single into right field and moved up a base following Lincoln's single to right. Tully then smashed an RBI-single into center field to score Kingsbury.
Lincoln came around from second base and Tully moved to third when a pickoff attempt to first base sailed down the right-field line.
The score remained that way until the seventh inning. After leading off with a single into right field and stealing second base, Stewart put UH up 4-0 following Kingsbury's RBI-single through the left side of the infield.
In the ninth inning, the Cougars pushed one more run across. After Kingsbury walked and stole second to lead off, Tully slapped an RBI-single into right center.
Tyler Reves' solo home run in the ninth inning was the only offense by the Red Raiders in the game.