Feb. 17, 2004
HOUSTON - Cole Bruce went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, but it would not be quite enough as the University of Houston baseball team dropped an 8-4 decision to No. 1 Rice on Tuesday in Game One of the Silver Glove Series at Reckling Park.
The Cougars (1-3) outhit Rice 10-8 and became the first UH squad since 1997 to open the season with four straight games with double-digit hits.
However, Rice (3-1) used four runs in the fifth inning to turn a one-run deficit into a three-run lead. Austin Davis led off the frame with a triple. After a walk and hit batter loaded the bases, Adam Rodgers drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 3-3, and Adam Morris gave the Owls the lead with another bases-loaded walk. Chris Kolkhorst's infield RBI-single, combined with a Cougar infield error, allowed two more runs to score and gave the Owls a 6-3 lead.
Rice starter Josh Baker improved to 2-0 after allowing three runs off eight hits with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. UH starter Garrett Mock dropped to 0-1 after giving up four runs off six hits with two strikeouts in four innings. Rice reliever Wade Townsend earned his first save of the year after throwing 1.1 innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Kolkhorst finished the game 5-for-5 with a run, double and two RBIs, while Adam Morris batted 2-for-3 with a double, home run, two runs and two RBIs.
The Cougars begin their 2004 home season this weekend when they play host to No. 14 Cal State Fullerton in a three-game non-conference series at Cougar Field. The series begins with 7 p.m. games on both Friday and Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Friday's game can be heard live 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.
UH took its first lead early in the second inning. Stuart Musslewhite led off by blasting a triple off the left center field wall and scored the game's first run on Thanos Papavasiliou's infield groundout.
The score remained that way until the fourth inning when Adam Rodgers scored on Kyle Gunderson's infield groundout to tie the game, and Kolkhorst ripped an RBI-single up the middle to plate Adam Morris for a 2-1 Rice lead.
But the Cougars rallied with two runs in the next half-inning to take the lead. Bruce started the rally with a solo home run to right center, his first of the 2004 season, to tie the game at 2-2. Bott then ripped a double off the wall in right field. Bott then came around to score when Rice second baseman Morris misplayed a pop-up and then made an errant throw to third base. Morris provided a solo home run in the seventh inning.
In the eighth, the Cougars rallied for another run when Bruce's single up the middle plated Musslewhite. UH continued to threaten for more with runners on second and third and two outs, but Rice reliever Wade Townsend struck out Bott to end the rally.
Kolkhorst scored on Travis Reagan's sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the eighth for the final margin of victory.