Feb. 19, 2005
HOUSTON - Pepperdine exploded for four runs off six hits in the third inning on the way to a 6-3 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Saturday in the second game of a non-conference series at Cougar Field.
UH jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning before the Waves grabbed the next for good in their next at bat. David Uribes put the Waves on the scoreboard with an RBI-single, and Steve Kleen gave Pepperdine the lead with a two-run single to center field before Danny Worth capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field.
That would be all the support that Pepperdine starter Paul Coleman and reliever Steve Kleen would need in holding Houston to one run off five hits during the final six innings. Coleman improved to 1-0 after holding the Cougars to only two runs despite allowing six hits and five walks in five innings.
Kleen earned his first save by limiting the Cougars to only one run off two hits with four strikeouts in the final four innings.
UH starter Ricky Hargrove dropped to 0-2 after giving up four runs (three earned) off seven hits with five strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work.
Freshman third baseman Stephen Whalen broke out of an early slump by going 2-for-3 with a double and pair of RBIs. Freshman outfielder Mark McGonigle also went 2-for-4 in the losing effort. Junior outfielder Travis Tully went 0-for-3 to see his team-high eight-game hitting streak dating back to last season snapped.
The Waves (4-4) rapped out 12 hits in the win with Luke Salas, Chad Tracy, Danny Worth and Patrick Rooney recording two hits apiece. Kleen led all players with three RBIs.
The Cougars wrap up the series at 1 p.m., Sunday. The game can be heard live on KGBC 1540 AM or over the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also follow the action by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
For the first time in 2005, the Cougars scored first with a pair of runs in the second inning. After two quick outs to start the inning, Chris Joseph started the rally with a walk and then scored when Dustin Kingsbury's double rolled all the way to the wall in right center. Whalen doubled the Cougars' lead with a double of his own down the left field line.
But the Cougars' happiness would be short-lived as Pepperdine took control of the game in the third inning as five of the first seven batters in the inning recorded hits.
The score remained that way until the seventh inning when Pepperdine struck for two more runs, thanks to an RBI-single from Kleen and the last of two Cougar infield errors.
In the eighth inning, the Cougars mounted their last rally. After Kevin Roberts led off with a sharp single up the middle and a flyout, McGonigle ripped a single up the middle to put runners at first and second. Matt Farrington drew a walk to load the bases but no runners advanced after Dustin Kingsbury lifted a fly ball in shallow center field.
Whalen then recorded his second RBI of the game after being hit by a Kleen offering on an 0-2 count. That would be as close as the Cougars would get though as Kleen struck out the final batter of the inning.