Feb. 23, 2003
BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU jumped out to a five-run lead and never looked back in taking a 5-2 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Sunday in the finale of a shortened series at Alex Box Stadium.
Gabe Lucas and Hyung Cho each went 2-for-4 to pace the Cougar offense, which rapped out six hits in the game. Lucas added a run, while Cho posted an RBI for UH, which dropped to 3-6 overall this season.
UH starter Brad Sullivan fell to 0-3 this season after giving up four hits and four runs (only two earned) in 5.2 innings of work. It was the first time since his first four decisions of the 2001 season as a freshman that the Nederland, Texas, native has lost three consecutive games.
LSU starter Brian Wilson held the Cougars to only six hits and struck out five in seven innings and improved to 2-1 with the win. Tiger reliever Bo Pettit earned his first save this season after striking out three of the five batters he faced in two innings of relief.
LSU (6-4) took an early lead with a run in the third inning. Bruce Sprowl led off with a triple and scored the game's first run on Will Harris' sacrifice fly to center field.
The Tigers added to their advantage one inning later when Blake Gill's sacrifice fly to center field scored Ivan Naccarata, who led off with a single and moved into scoring position on an errant throw in the Cougar infield.
In the sixth inning, Ivan Naccarata blasted a two-run homer to right field to put LSU in firm control of the game. In their next at-bat, LSU extended its lead with another run on Dustin Weaver's RBI-single.
UH finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning with a pair of runs. After Greg Buchanan reached on an error to lead off and moved to second on Gabe Lucas' single to right field, Hyung Cho gave UH its first run with a single through the right side of the infield.
After an LSU pitching change, Brett Cooley walked to load the bases, and Stuart Musslewhite's sacrifice fly to center field scored Lucas to cut the Tiger lead to 5-2. However, that would be as close as the Cougars would get the rest of the day.
Naccarata went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs to lead the Tigers, while Will Harris batted 2-for-2 with a run and RBI.
The Cougars return to action this weekend as they play host to Louisiana-Lafayette in a non-conference, three-game series at Cougar Field. That series begins with games at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday and concludes at 1 p.m., Sunday.
All three games can be heard live over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com. Fans can also track the action batter-by-batter by clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the Daily Calendar at the bottom of the main page at www.UHcougars.com.