Feb. 25, 2005
HOUSTON - University of Houston junior southpaw Matt Farrington held No. 2 LSU to only one run in the first six innings, and junior reliever Justin Vaclavik kept the Tigers scoreless over the final three frames to help lead the Cougars to a 2-1 win on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Cougar Field.
Farrington, a native of Sugar Land, Texas, limited the Tigers to only four hits with five strikeouts through the first three frames. Besides the fifth inning when LSU scored its lone run, Farrington did not allow a runner beyond second base in the entire outing and improved to 2-0 with the victory.
Vaclavik entered the game in the seventh inning with a runner on first base and retired the first eight batters he faced on the way to his first save in 2005. Although the Tigers compiled a late rally with back-to-back singles in the top of the ninth inning, the Bay City, Texas, native forced Michael Hollander into a groundout to end the game.
The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning when LSU grabbed the lead. Nick Stavinoha led off with a single up the middle, moved into scoring position following a walk and advanced to third on a groundout. Bruce Sprowl then gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to center field.
But, the Cougars responded in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs. Dustin Kingsbury reached on an infield error and moved into scoring position following Mark McGonigle's sacrifice bunt. After a walk to Bryan Pounds and groundout put runners on second and third with two outs, Jake Stewart laced a single that bounced off Mestepey's glove into right field and allowed both runners to score and give UH a 2-1 lead.
That would be all the run support that Farrington and Vaclavik would need the rest of the way.
In a game which features only 13 combined hits between the two teams, UH junior infielder Kevin Roberts went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to account for nearly half of UH's hits. Stewart led all Cougars with the two RBIs.
LSU's Clay Harris went 3-for-4 with a double to account for half of the Tigers' offensive output. Stavinoha went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI in the losing effort.
The series continues at 3 p.m., Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Sunday. Both games can be heard live on KGBC 1540 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.
UH sophomore righthander Brad Lincoln is scheduled to make the start for the Cougars, while LSU will counter with sophomore southpaw Clay Dirks.