March 3, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La. - Junior righthander Brad Lincoln struck out seven over eight innings to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 5-3 win Friday at No. 8 LSU in the opener of a non-conference series at Alex Box Stadium.
Lincoln, who improved to 3-1 with the win, retired nine of the first 11 batters that he faced and did not allow his first hit until the fourth inning.
Meanwhile, the Cougar offense erupted for 14 hits with four of those going for extra bases. Senior infielder Isa Garcia broke out of an early-season slump in a big way, batting 4-for-5 with a triple and RBI, while junior infielder Dustin Kingsbury finished the night 3-for-5 with a double, run and RBI to extend his hitting streak to a UH season-high nine games.
Sophomore infielder Bryan Pounds went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and freshman catcher Luis Flores batted 2-for-4 with a run, double and RBI. Sophomore outfielder Bryan Tully extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single in the third inning.
Sophomore righthander Aaron Brown threw one inning of relief with a strikeout to collect his first save of the season.
LSU starter Clay Dirks dropped to 2-1 after allowing three runs off eight hits with two strikeouts.
Outfielder Steven Waguespack went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs to account for more than half of LSU's offensive output.
The Cougars continue the series at noon, Saturday and wrap it up at 1 p.m., Sunday. Fans should note that Saturday's game time was moved up earlier in the week to avoid a conflict with the LSU men's basketball game later that day.
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.
Senior southpaw Matt Farrington will take the hill for the second game of the LSU series. This season, Farrington has compiled a 1-2 record with three strikeouts and a 3.94 ERA in 16.0 innings of work.
LSU will counter with junior righthander Derik Olvey, who has assembled a 3-0 record with 15 strikeouts and a 0.39 ERA in 23.1 innings.
The Cougars struck for the game's first run in their first at bat. After Tully reached on a fielder's choice and moved into scoring position following a wild pitch, Kingsbury plated him with a line drive up the middle for a 1-0 Cougar lead.
In the fourth inning, the Cougars struck for two more runs. Pounds was hit by a pitch and moved all the way to third following back-to-back balks. With the infield drawn in, Flores then chopped a high grounder into left field to plate Pounds and give the Cougars a 2-0 lead.
Garcia followed with a picture-perfect hit and run that allowed Flores to race all the way to third base. Chris Joseph then slapped an RBI-single through the left side of the infield for a 3-0 lead.
LSU cut into the Cougar lead in the fourth inning when Waguespack blasted a 1-2 offering over the right-field fence.
The score remained that way until the eighth when Matt Liuzza led off with a solo home run to right field.
Houston pushed its lead to three runs in the ninth with three runs. Kingsbury led off with a double down the left-field line. Pounds then lined a single of the glove of LSU reliever Jonathan Wilhite to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch then allowed both runners to move up a base and gave the Cougars a 4-2 lead. Two batters later, Garcia blasted a triple into the gap in right center to cap the Cougars' scoring for the night.
The Tigers would not go quietly into the night. After J.T. Wise reached on a UH infield error, pinch runner Chris McGhee raced all the way to third on a wild pitch and scored on Waguespack's RBI-single. However, Brown retired the last three batters in order to seal the win.