Late UTSA Rally Dooms Baseball on Tuesday
Feb. 27, 2007
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Texas-San Antonio used a two-out rally to score three runs in the seventh inning on the way to a 4-3 win over the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday at Wolff Municipal Stadium.
After the first two batters of the inning were quickly retired, Zach Etheredge drew a walk and Phillip Allen's single to right field put runners on the corner. Marshal Davis then lined an RBI-single into right center to pull UTSA to within 3-2. James Keithley drew a walk to load the bases, and Michael Rockett was hit by a pitch to knot the game at 3-3 and keep the bases loaded.
Trent Lockwood then drew a walk to force Davis in and hand the Roadrunners a 4-3 lead.
UH sophomore reliever Jimmy Raviele collected the loss and fell to 0-1 after giving up three runs off two hits in 2.1 innings. UTSA reliever Zach Calhoon earned the win and improved to 1-0 after limiting the Cougars to three hits with five strikeouts during the final 4.2 innings.
Tuesday's game marked the second time in a six-day span that the Cougars squared off against the Roadrunners. UH enjoyed a 12-10 win on Feb. 22 during the first day of the Southwest Diamond Classic at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.
Dustin Kingsbury went 2-for-4 with a stolen base to lead the Cougar offense, which outhit the Roadrunners 8-6.
Davis batted 2-for-3 with a run and RBI to top UTSA.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 6-7 overall and saw their eight-game winning streak against the Roadrunners come to an end. UTSA improved to 3-7.
The Cougars return to action this weekend to begin a season-long, eight-game homestand when they play host to Northwestern State in a non-conference, weekend series at Cougar Field. That series begins at 7 p.m., Friday and wraps up with 1 p.m., games on both Saturday and Sunday.
Fans should note that Saturday's game time was recently moved up from its original starting time to avoid a conflict with the UH men's basketball game that night.
Cougar Baseball games can be heard live on UHCougars.com with former Cougar letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans can follow live stats by clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the front page of UHCougars.com or on the Schedule and Results page off the Baseball main page.
The Cougars struck for the game's first runs in the fifth inning after stringing together four straight hits. After drawing a leadoff walk and moving to second base following Ryan Lormand's sacrifice bunt, Chris Joseph scored easily when Felix Fanaselle slapped an RBI-single up the middle.
Jimmy Cesario and Dustin Kingsbury rapped out back-to-back hits to load the bases, and Josh Stirneman laced an RBI-single through the right side to plate Fanaselle. Cesario then scored easily on a UTSA wild pitch to hand the Cougars a 3-0 cushion.
In the bottom of the inning, the Roadrunners cut into the lead with a run on Zach Etheredge's RBI-single.