Baseball Wins Opener of Southwest Diamond Classic
Feb. 22, 2007
FRISCO, Texas - The University of Houston baseball team erupted for eight runs in the second inning and then held on the rest of the way during a 12-10 win over Texas-San Antonio on Thursday morning during the first day of the Southwest Diamond Classic at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.
For the second straight game and the fourth time in 2007, the Cougars posted double-digit runs on the scoreboard. Falling behind 2-0, the Cougars appeared to have the game under control after scoring eight runs off four hits and four walks in the second inning.
However, UTSA continued to chip away at the Cougar lead and pulled to within 11-9 after five innings. But that would be as close as the Roadrunners would get the rest of the way.
UH reliever Chris Wright picked up his first collegiate win and improved to 1-0 after holding the Roadrunners to one run with a strikeout in a career-best 3.2 innings of work. Junior Bryan Tully allowed only one run off two hits with a strikeout in the final two innings to earn his first career save.
Tully also made his presence felt at the plate where he went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs to lead the Cougar offense. Sophomore outfielder Felix Fanaselle batted 3-for-5 with two runs, a double and two RBIs, while sophomore DH Jimmy Cesario batted 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Senior third baseman Dustin Kingsbury also went 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs in the winning effort.
UTSA starter Blake Brannon collected the loss and fell to 0-2 after giving up nine runs off six hits with two strikeouts in two innings.
Marshal Davis, Mitch Ponza and Zach Etheredge each posted two hits for the Roadrunners, while Michael Rockett added a game-high four RBIs.
With the win, the Cougars evened their season record at 5-5, while Texas-San Antonio fell to 0-6.
The Cougars continue their stay in Frisco when they face host Dallas Baptist at 7 p.m., Friday during the second day of the Southwest Diamond Classic. The team wraps up its stay at the tournament at 11 a.m., Saturday, when it squares off against Texas-Arlington.
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The Roadrunners grabbed the lead in the first inning when Rockett's sacrifice fly to center field plated Davis, who led off with a double down the right-field line.
One inning later, UTSA pushed its lead to 2-0, thanks to Ryan Saltzgaber's leadoff single, an error and James Keithley's infield groundout.
The Cougars erupted for eight runs in the second inning, thanks to four hits and four walks. Ryan Lormand started the scoring after drawing a two-out, bases loaded walk. Fanaselle followed with a two-run single to right field, while Cesario added an RBI-single. Kingsbury slapped an RBI-double down the right field line, and Josh Stirneman slapped a three-run homer down the right-field line to cap the scoring.
In the third inning, Rockett slapped a two-run single into center field to pull UTSA to within 8-4.
But in the bottom of the frame, Tully blasted a two-run homer to left center, and Cesario lined an RBI-single up the middle to plate Fanaselle who launched a two-out double into left center and give the Cougars a 11-4 lead.
UTSA pulled to within 11-8 in the fourth inning on Etheredge's two-run single, Tim Palincsar's bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly from Rockett.
The Roadrunners added a single run in the fifth inning on Ponza's sacrifice fly to center field.
In the sixth inning, Kingsbury laced a leadoff home run to lead off and push the UH lead to 12-9.
UTSA put another run on the scoreboard in the ninth inning when Trent Lockwood slapped a one-out, solo home run, but that would be all the offense for the game.