Feb. 20, 2005
HOUSTON - Pepperdine exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning on the way to an 18-12 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Sunday in the finale of a non-conference series at Cougar Field.
The Waves (5-4) posted 18 runs off 21 hits with five of those going for extra bases to win the series in a nine-inning game that took nearly four hours to complete.
The Cougars (2-5) appeared to have the game under control early after scoring seven runs in the second inning. Freshman outfielder Kori Williams highlighted the frame with a grand slam home run for his first collegiate hit in only his third plate appearance as a Cougar.
However, the Waves tied the game with five runs of their own in the next half inning to tie the game at 7-7. The score remained that way until the fifth inning when Pepperdine took advantage of four hits and a Cougar error to take control of the game. Steve Kleen and Chad Tracy had RBI-singles while Patrick Rooney added an RBI-double in the inning.
UH's Matt Farrington, who started on the mound, went 4-for-6 with two runs, a double and RBI to set a new career high in hits and lead the Cougars, which pounded out 18 hits in the game. Williams led all players with five RBIs, while freshman Chris Joseph came off the bench to bat 3-for-5 with a pair of runs. Dustin Kingsbury and Stephen Whalen each went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs with Kingsbury recording three RBIs.
Kleen batted 5-for-6 with four runs and three RBIs to tie a Cougar Field record in hits. Tracy went 4-for-5 with four runs and an RBI, and Rooney batted 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. Luke Salas finished the day 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI, and Nick Kliebert and Jason Dominguez each added a pair of hits for the Waves, who pounded out 21 hits in the game
Pepperdine reliever Robert Della Grotta improved to 1-1 after holding the Cougars to only one run off five hits with seven strikeouts in 4.1 innings. UH reliever Gene Flores dropped to 0-2 after giving up four runs (only two earned) off five hits with a strikeout in two innings of work.
The Cougars return to action at 4 p.m., Tuesday when they meet Rice in Game Two of the annual Sterling Bank Silver Glove Series at Reckling Park. The Owls took a 1-0 lead in the Series after winning 7-6 in 10 innings at Cougar Field on Feb. 15.
The game can be heard live on KLVL 1480 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.