Baseball Falls in Second Day of Lone Star Classic

Feb. 16, 2002

Box Score

ROUND ROCK, Texas - Southwest Texas State recorded the majority of its offense in only one inning but it would be just enough as the Bobcats took a 4-3 win over the University of Houston baseball team during the second day of the Lone Star Classic at Dell Diamond.

The loss spoiled the performance of UH starting pitcher Gene Flores, who threw 6.0 hitless innings with six strikeouts on only 58 pitches, but did not pick up the decision.

SWT starter Bobby Sawicki went the distance with 10 strikeouts to collect the win and improve to 3-0. UH reliever Keith Whatley collected his first loss of the season to fall to 1-1.

Chris Snyder and Jesse Crain each rapped out two hits to lead the Cougar offense, which outhit the Bobcats 9-5 in the game. Crain also extended his hitting streak to a UH season-best four games.

After UH jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first five innings, the Bobcats exploded for four runs in the sixth inning. Jacob Spencer and Chris Micheles each laced RBI singles, and Matt Younk was hit by a Keith Whatley offering with the bases loaded during the rally.

UH struck for the game's first runs with a three-spot in the second inning. Snyder and Stuart Musslewhite started the rally with back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position on Sam Mitchell's sacrifice bunt.

Anthony Scalise then grounded out to third baseman Marc Coles, but Snyder scored the game's first run on the play. Michael Bourn then ripped a single through the middle to plate Musslewhite and moved into scoring position himself with his first stolen base of the season.



Jesse Crain then capped the Cougar scoring with a looping single to right field, allowing the speedy Bourn to score all the way from second base.

While the home season doesn't officially open until Wednesday against Baylor, fans can catch a glimpse of the 2002 Cougars on Sunday afternoon at Cougar Field during the annual Alumni Day festivities. The day's activities start with two alumni teams facing off at noon Sunday and conclude when the 2002 Cougars hit the field to compete against another alumni squad around 2 p.m.

UH returns to collegiate action with four home games next week at Cougar Field. The homestand starts with a 7 p.m. contest against No. 25 Baylor before No. 2 LSU comes into town for a three-game series, starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

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