Feb. 22, 2006
University of Houston junior infielder Dustin Kingsbury went 3-for-5 with a run, double and two RBIs to lead a potent offensive attack as the Cougars enjoyed a 12-3 win over Northwestern State on Wednesday at Cougar Field.
The Cougars (4-5), who snapped a three-game losing streak, pounded out 13 hits with all but two starters recording at least one hit. After a scoreless first two innings, UH scored eight runs over the next frames and never looked back in the win.
In addition to Kingsbury, sophomore outfielder Bryan Tully went 2-for-3 with two runs, a stolen base and RBI and was hit by NSU pitches twice. Freshman catcher Luis Flores finished the night 2-for-3 with a run, double and RBI with Isa Garcia and Josh Stirneman adding two runs apiece.
UH starter Ricky Hargrove improved to 1-0 with the win after holding the Demons to only one run off three hits with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. However, the Katy, Texas, native saw his career-best 14.0 consecutive scoreless innings streak come to an end in the sixth.
NSU starter Drew Brown collected the loss and dropped to 1-1 after giving up six runs (four earned) off five hits with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.
Brandon Morgan blasted a two-run homer and scored a pair of runs to lead the Demons, who recorded only four hits in the game and dropped to 5-4 overall this season.
The Cougars continue their homestand this weekend as they play host to Monmouth in a three-game, non-conference series. That series begins with 7 p.m. games on both Friday and Saturday and wraps up at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Fans should note that Saturday's game was pushed back to 7 p.m. earlier this week. As a result, the Baseball Alumni Reunion promotion also was postponed.
All three games can be heard live on www.UHCougars.com with former letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also can follow live stats by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
Friday's game will be the first of three Dollar Dog Nights at Cougar Field. For only $1, fans can enjoy hot dogs at the ballpark.
In the third inning, the Cougars took advantage of two hit batters and a hit to take a 2-0 lead. Isa Garcia and Matt Weston were hit by Brown offerings with one out. Brad Lincoln followed with an RBI-single through the right side of the infield that allowed West to reach third base. Dustin Kingsbury then grounded out to third base, but note before Weston scored easily for a 2-0 UH lead.
The Cougars took control of the game in the fourth inning, courtesy of three hits, an NSU error, two wild pitches and a passed ball. Bryan Pounds reached on a one-out infield single and moved to second following a walk to Jake Stewart. After Isa Garcia reached on an infield error to load the bases, Mark McGonigle reached on an infield single to score Pounds.
A wild pitch plated Stewart, and a passed ball allowed Garcia to score before Brad Lincoln's sacrifice fly down the right-field in foul territory scored McGonigle to cap the scoring and give the Cougars a 6-0 lead.
NSU struck for its lone run in the sixth inning when Bobby Barbier's double to left center scored Brandon Morgan from first base.
Houston added two more runs in the fifth inning when Jake Stewart's infield groundout plated Bryan Tully, who was hit by a pitch to lead off, stole second and moved up another base following Bryan Pounds' sacrifice bunt. Garcia then blasted a double to the wall in left center to score Luis Flores for an 8-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the inning, UH answered with a run of its own. After Josh Stirneman reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second when Tully was hit by a pitch for the second time, Luis Flores blasted a double to deep center field to score Stirneman and give the Cougars a 9-1 lead.
NSU trimmed the lead in the seventh inning when Brandon Morgan blasted a two-run homer down the left-field line. However, that would be as close as NSU would get the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Kingsbury, Stirneman and Tully rapped out consecutive hits with Tully's infield single plating Kingsbury. Two batters later, Travis Cougot ripped a double off the base of the wall in center field to score both runners and cap the scoring for the night.