Feb. 18, 2003
HOUSTON - Rice starter Wade Townsend scattered three hits over 6.1 shutout innings and added eight strikeouts to help lead the Owls to a 3-0 win over the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday at Cougar Field in Game One of the Silver Glove Series.
Townsend never allowed more than one Cougar hit in an inning and retired 12 of 15 batters midway through the game on the way to his first win of the season. Rice reliever Jeff Niemann gave up only one hit in the final 2.2 innings for his first save of the year.
UH starter Brad Sullivan, making his first career start against the Owls, rebounded from a tough outing against Baylor at the Minute Maid Park College Classic last weekend. The Nederland, Texas, native scattered four hits and three runs - only two earned - with a UH season-best eight strikeouts but dropped his second straight game to fall to 0-2.
Junior DH Thanos Papavasiliou laced a double during his final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, dating back to last season. Junior center fielder Michael Bourn went 0-for-2 to see his nine-game hitting streak come to an end.
Rice's Vincent Sinisi went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Paul Janish batted 1-for-3 with a run, double and RBI to lead the Owls, who managed only five hits in the game.
The Owls jumped ahead in the fifth inning with a pair of runs. Jeff Jorgensen's swinging bunt rolled slowly down the third base line and stayed just fair, allowing Janish to score. One batter later, Sinisi smashed a single to center field to score Jorgensen for a 2-0 Rice lead.
In the sixth inning, the Owls added another run, thanks to a hit batter, two-base error and infield groundout from Janish.
The Cougars return to action this weekend when they travel to Baton Rouge to meet 12th-ranked LSU in a non-conference, three-game series. The series begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday and continues at 2 p.m. Saturday.
All three games can be heard live on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com.