Baseball Falls to Long Beach State in Series Opener
Feb. 27, 2004
HOUSTON - Jered Weaver struck out 10 and Brad Davis went 5-for-5 to lead No. 8 Long Beach State to a 6-1 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Friday in the opener of a non-conference series at Cougar Field.
Weaver improved to 4-0 with the win after allowing only one run off three hits in seven innings of work. After allowing hits to Travis Tully and Patrick Breen to lead off the game, Weaver retired the next 15 batters and did not allow a Cougar run until the seventh inning.
Davis went 5-for-5 and fell only a triple short of hitting for the cycle. He became the fifth player to record five hits in a game at Cougar Field and was the first player to accomplish that feat since Rice's Brett Smith in 2000.
The 49ers (8-2) outhit the Cougars 11-5 in the contest with six of the first seven hitters in the Long Beach State lineup rapping out at least one hit.
UH starter Matt Varner collected his first loss as a Cougar in three starts after allowing four runs off eight hits with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
The Cougars (2-6) continue their homestand against Long Beach State when they meet the 49ers at 7 p.m., Saturday at Cougar Field That game can be heard live on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com. Fans also can follow the action through live stats by clicking on the Gametracker at the bottom of the main page at www.UHCougars.com.
UH junior righthander Garrett Mock (0-2, 9.72) is scheduled to take the hill for the Cougars with Long Beach State southpaw Cesar Ramos (1-1, 2.33) expected to throw.
Long Beach State struck for the game's first runs in the fourth inning on Mike Hofius' RBI-single and a sacrifice fly from Danny Mocny
In the fifth inning, Jason Vargas laced a two-out single up the middle, and Davis followed with a home over the left field wall as the 49ers grabbed a 4-0 lead.
Stuart Musslewhite gave the Cougars their only run of the game when he blasted a towering shot on a 1-2 count off Weaver over the left field fence in the seventh inning.
UH continued to threaten late, loading the bases in the eighth inning. However, LBSU reliever Brett Andrade induced a strikeout and groundout to end the rally.
In the Cougars' final at-bat, the team again rallied to put runners on first and third after back-to-back two-out hits from Thanos Papavasiliou and Nick Bott, but Rob Johnson laced a line drive to second baseman Chuck Sindlinger to end the game.