Feb. 15, 2004
HOUSTON - Seth Johnston's solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a tie and helped lead Texas to a 6-5 win over the University of Houston baseball team during the finale of the 2004 Minute Maid Park College Classic on Sunday.
The lead went back and forth throughout the game and was tied at 5-5 in the top of the inning when UH's Stuart Musslewhite slapped an RBI-double down the left field line to plate Brett Cooley. However, in the bottom of the frame, Johnston blasted a 3-2 offering from UH reliever Shea Hancock over the left field wall to give the Longhorns the win.
Brett Cooley batted 4-for-4 with a run, RBI and two doubles to lead the Cougar offensive attack, which rapped out double-digit hits for the third consecutive game to open the season. Nick Bott batted 2-for-4 with a run, and Travis Tully went 1-for-5 with two runs and extended his hitting streak to six games, dating back to last season.
Tully, Cooley and shortstop Stuart Musslewhite were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Making his first collegiate appearance, Hancock collected the loss and dropped to 0-1 after giving up only one run off one hit with three strikeouts in three innings of relief. UT reliever J. Brent Cox improved to 1-0 after scattering two hits with a pair of strikeouts in 2.2 innings of relief.
The Cougars continue their 2004 season when they meet No. 1 Rice at 4 p.m., Tuesday at Reckling Park on the Rice campus. 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.
Dooley Prince batted 1-for-3 with a run, triple and two RBIs, and Nathan Warrick went 2-for-3 with a run and two stolen bases to lead Texas.
The Cougars jumped ahead in their first at-bat with a run. Tully led off with a single up the middle and stole second base to move into scoring position. After a walk to Cooley, Patrick Breen laced an RBI-single into right field to plate Tully and give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
UH padded its lead in the next inning with three more runs. Bott led off the frame with a double down the left field line and, after moving to third on an infield error, scored on Tully's infield groundout. Matt Farrington then blasted a double off the base off the wall in right center field to score Tully all the way from first base. Cooley then scored Farrington with a looping RBI-single into right field.
Texas rallied in the bottom of the third inning with four runs of its own. Prince started the rally with a two-RBI triple, while Taylor Teagarden followed with an RBI-double. Curtis Thigpen knotted the game at 4-4 after scoring on an infield groundout.
The Longhorns took the lead in the fourth inning when Curtis Thigpen was hit by a Lincoln offering with the bases loaded.