Feb. 16, 2003
HOUSTON - Texas A&M starter Logan Kensing struck out nine over eight innings to help lead the Texas A&M baseball team to a 4-2 win over the University of Houston on Sunday during the final day of the Minute Maid Park College Classic.
The Cougars posted a 1-2 record at the tournament and dropped to 2-4 overall this season. Texas A&M, who went 2-1 at the three-day affair, improved to 3-1 overall.
Kensing scattered seven hits with only two Cougar runs in the fifth inning to improve to 2-0 this season. Reliever Robert Ramsey struck out the side in the ninth to post his first save of the year.
UH starter Garrett Mock fell to 0-2 with the loss after giving up three hits and three runs with three walks in 3.2 innings.
Brett Cooley went 2-for-4 and Matt Farrington added a double for the Cougars in the losing effort. Thanos Papavasiliou went 1-for-4 three to extend his hitting streak to nine games, dating back to last season.
Texas A&M jumped on the scoreboard with three runs in the fourth inning. After Justin Ruggiano doubled to lead off, Scott Beerer brought him around with a single to right center. Two batters later, Cliff Pennington plated another run on an infield groundout, and Brian Bowe's double down the left field line scored John Infante to cap the scoring.
The Cougars pulled to within one after scoring a pair of runs in the fifth. Cole Bruce started the rally through the left side and moved to third on Matt Farrington's double off the right-center field wall. After an infield groundout, Michael Bourn laced a single up the middle to plate two runners and cut the A&M lead to 3-2.
The Aggies pushed their advantage back to two runs in the seventh inning when Scott Beerer's single up the middle plated Cory Patton, who led off with a single.
Texas A&M, which rapped out 12 hits in the game, was led by Justin Ruggiano, who went 3-for-4 with a run.
The Cougars return to action at 3 p.m. Tuesday when they play host to second-ranked Rice at Cougar Field in the first game of the Silver Glove Series. Tuesday's game time was moved up four hours from the original UH schedule due to a conflict with the men's basketball game at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The game can be heard live on KAXF 88.3 or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com.