Sophomore infielder Bryan Pounds gave the Cougars' a much-needed insurance run with a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth against Monmouth on Friday.
Feb. 24, 2006
Junior righthander Brad Lincoln struck out a season-high 11 batters to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 3-1 win over Monmouth in the opener of a three-game series at Cougar Field.
Lincoln, who improved to 2-1 with the win, recorded the third double-digit strikeout performance of his career and retired 12 consecutive batters midway through the game.
With the win, the Cougars returned to the .500 mark at 5-5, while Monmouth, playing its 2006 season opener, fell to 0-1.
UH sophomore outfielder Bryan Tully went 2-for-4 with a run to lead the Cougars, while Mike Hussa topped Monmouth, going 2-for-4 in a game which saw both teams rap out six hits apiece.
UH reliever Clayton Boone threw two shutout innings with two strikeouts and only one hit allowed to collect the first save of his career.
Monmouth starter Joe Cummings collected the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) with a strikeout in seven innings.
The Cougars continue with a 7 p.m. game on Saturday before wrapping 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.
Both 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.
The Cougars jumped out ahead in the third inning with two runs off three hits. Isa Garcia, Tully and Dustin Kingsbury led off with three straight hits to lead off the frame. Lincoln reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Garcia to score from third base, and Tully came around from second base on an errant throw during a double-play attempt.
Monmouth plated its first run in the fifth inning on Kyle Higgins' two-out, RBI-single into right field.
The score remained that way until the eighth inning when the Cougars pushed across an insurance run. After drawing a leadoff walk, Kingsbury moved all the way to third base on a pair of groundouts before Bryan Pounds' RBI-single up the middle gave UH a 3-1 advantage.