Feb. 20, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - After opening its season against six straight nationally-ranked opponents away from home, the University of Houston baseball team was ready to play in front of the hometown fans Wednesday night against No. 17 Baylor, and it showed.
UH (4-3) rapped out a season high 16 hits and scored a season high in runs with a 10-4 rout of the Bears at Cougar Field to give head coach Rayner Noble his 250th career victory at the collegiate level.
Noble, now in his eighth year at the helm of the UH program, has compiled a 250-180 record during his tenure.
All but one Cougar starter had at least one hit in the game by the third inning with Jesse Crain and Chris Snyder leading the way with three-hit performances. Gabe Lucas went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and reached base safely in his first four plate appearances.
It was UH's highest hit total since rapping out 16 hits against Conference USA rival Saint Louis on May 4, 2001.
The Cougars jumped out in the bottom of the first inning with a run on Snyder's RBI-single, added three more runs in the second inning on Michael Bourn's perfect bunt RBI-single, an RBI-single from Lucas and a throwing error by Baylor starter Trey Taylor and broke the game wide open with five runs in the third.
Crain had two RBIs in the frame to lead the offense, while Lucas, Bruce, and Anthony Scalise added single RBIs.
While the Cougar offense came alive, UH also received a solid pitching performance from starter Keith Whatley who improved to 2-1 this season. The Atlanta, Texas, native allowed seven hits and four runs over seven innings to collect the victory.
Taylor gave up eight hits and eight runs in 2.2 innings to fall to 0-1 this season.
The Cougars continue their homestand when they play host to No. 3 LSU in a non-conference, three-game series, starting at 7 p.m. Friday at Cougar Field. The series continues with a 7 p.m. game Saturday and a 1 p.m. game Sunday.