Baseball Surges Past Stephen F. Austin 8-1 on Tuesday

    Junior righthander Shea Hancock earned his first win of 2006 after holding Stephen F. Austin to only one hit in three shutout innings.
    Junior righthander Shea Hancock earned his first win of 2006 after holding Stephen F. Austin to only one hit in three shutout innings.
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    Feb. 14, 2006

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    University of Houston sophomore outfielder Bryan Tully went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and two RBIs to help lead the Cougar Baseball team to an 8-1 win over Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday at Cougar Field.

    With the win, the Cougars improved to 3-2 overall in 2006 and won their 18th consecutive game over the Lumberjacks dating back to the 1990 season.

    Tully, who extended his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games dating back to last season, was part of an overall power surge by the Cougars, who pounded out nine hits with five of those going for extra bases.

    Houston jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to Isa Garcia's two-run homer and a solo shot from Tully, and never looked back. The Cougars rapped out at least one hit in all but one inning and scored at least a run in all but two frames.

    In addition to Tully, junior infielder Brad Lincoln finished the night 2-for-3 with two runs, a homer and two RBIs, while junior outfielder Jake Stewart went 2-for-3 with a run and stolen base.

    Junior righthander Shea Hancock, making his first start of the 2006 season, picked up the win and improved to 1-0 after holding the Lumberjacks to only one hit with a pair of strikeouts in three innings of work. Hancock was one of seven different Cougar hurlers who took the mound on Tuesday.

     

     

    SFA starter Russ Fornea dropped to 0-2 with the loss after giving up four runs off five hits with a strikeout in three innings.

    The Cougars return to action this weekend when they meet No. 24 Arizona State in a three-game, non-conference series. That series begins at 8 p.m. (CST), Friday and continues with 2 p.m. (CST) games on both Saturday and Sunday.

    All three games 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.

    The Cougars used a power surge in their first at bat to take control of the game. After Stewart drew a leadoff walk, Garcia blasted a 2-0 offering over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season. Three batters later, Tully launched an 0-2 offering deep into left center.

    The surge continued in the third inning when the Cougars struck for another run. After Lincoln blasted a double into left center to lead off the inning, Tully added an RBI-double into shallow right field for a 4-0 UH lead.

    In the fourth inning, the Lumberjacks put their first mark on the scoreboard when Steven Hill led off with a home run to left field.

    UH answered in the bottom of the inning with a run of its own. Josh Aranda, making his first career start at third base, reached on an SFA infield error and moved to second following Stewart's single to center field. After a walk to Garcia loaded the bases, Lincoln lifted a sacrifice fly into deep center field to plate Aranda for a 5-1 Cougar lead.

    In the fifth inning, Tully led off with a double to left center, stole third base and scored on a wild pitch for a 6-1 UH lead.

    Lincoln pulled even with Tully in the team's home run chase after blasting a solo homer over the right-field wall to lead off the sixth inning.

    In the seventh inning, Mark McGonigle drew a one-out walk, moved to second and then third base following wild pitches and scored on Matt Weston's sacrifice fly to center field to cap the scoring for the evening.

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