Baseball Falls to Texas Tech in 11 Innings at Minute Maid Classic
Feb. 14, 2004
HOUSTON - Texas Tech exploded for five runs in the top of the 11th inning to take a 12-7 win over the University of Houston baseball team Saturday during the second day of the Minute Maid Park College Classic.
Cameron Blair broke a 7-7 tie in the top of the 11th inning with a sacrifice fly. Josh Brady gave the Red Raiders a comfortable cushion with a bases-clearing double and Michael Mask added an RBI-single later in the frame to hand the Cougars their first loss.
The Cougars (1-1) had rallied from a 4-0 deficit after the first half inning and eventually took a 7-6 lead in the seventh inning. However, the Red Raiders knotted the game in the next half inning, and the game remained that way until the 11th.
Travis Tully went 4-for-6 with a run, while Stuart Musslewhite batted 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs to help lead the Cougar offensive attack, which outhit Texas Tech 12-10. Matt Farrington also batted 2-for-6 with a pair of runs in the losing effort.
UH reliever Kevin Roberts collected the loss and dropped to 0-1 after giving up five runs off two hits and four walks with four strikeouts in three innings. Tech reliever Adam Fry improved to 1-0 after allowing only one hit with five strikeouts in 4.2 shutout innings.
The Cougars conclude their stay at the tournament when they meet Texas at 6 p.m., Sunday at Minute Maid Park. The game can be heard live on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com. Fans also can follow the action through live stats by clicking on the Gametracker at the bottom of the main page at www.UHCougars.com.
Freshman righthander Brad Lincoln, a product of The Woodlands High School, is expected to make the start on the mound for the Cougars. Texas is slated to throw freshman righthander Kyle McCulloch.
Texas Tech was led by Jose Delgado, who batted 2-for-4 with a home run, triple, two runs and two RBIs. Brady finished the day 1-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs, while Michael Mask batted 4-for-6 with a run and two RBIs. The Red Raiders also took advantage of 14 walks and three hit batsmen from Cougar pitchers.
Texas Tech jumped out to an early lead in its first at-bat when Michael Mask's double plated Jose Delgado from second base. After a walk to Josh Haney loaded the bases, Madison Edwards lifted a single into center field to score two more runs, and Cooper Fouts drew a bases loaded walk to make the score 4-0.
However, UH rallied in the bottom of the inning with three runs of its own. Travis Tully led off with a double down the left field line and move to third on Matt Farrington's single. Brett Cooley then plated with a double down the left field line and put runners at second and third.
After an infield groundout, Stuart Musslewhite scored both runners with a single down the left field line to pull the Cougars to within 4-3.
In the fifth inning, UH knotted the game at 4-4. Musslewhite reached on a looping, two-out single into right field and moved all the way to third base on Thanos Papavasiliou's double down the left field line. Rob Johnson then laced a smash that was mishandled in the Tech infield, allowing Musslewhite to score easily.
Texas Tech grabbed the lead right back in the next half inning on Jose Delgado two-run home run to right field.
In the seventh inning, UH took its first lead of the game with three runs. Matt Farrington led off the frame with a single to right center. After a walk and Patrick Breen reached on a fielder's choice, Musslewhite ripped a double down the left field line to plate two runners. Breen moved to third on a wild pitch and gave the Cougars their first lead after scoring on Rob Johnson's sacrifice bunt.
However, the Red Raiders tied the game in the next half inning on Josh Brady's sacrifice fly. The score would remain that way until the top of the 11th inning.