March 5, 2005
HOUSTON - Junior righthander Kevin Roberts limited Loyola Marymount to only two runs in a career-best 7.1 innings of work to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 6-2 win over the Lions on Saturday in the second game of a three-game, non-conference series at Cougar Field.
Roberts, who retired the first 11 batters that he faced, picked up the win and improved to 1-0 this season after scattering seven hits with three strikeouts. The Pearland, Texas, native topped his previous career best innings pitched total set three times during his career but most recently against Rice on Feb. 22, 2005, in Game Two of the annual Sterling Bank Silver Glove Series.
Junior righthander Justin Vaclavik followed Roberts out of the Cougar bullpen and earned his second save of the season after giving up only one walk with a pair of strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
LMU starter Brad Meyers, who earned the save in Friday's series opener, dropped to 2-2 after giving up two runs (one earned) off four hits with five strikeouts in five innings.
The Cougars, who snapped a three-game losing skid with the win, broke open a close game with three runs in the sixth inning. Sophomore shortstop Dustin Kingsbury provided the first run of the inning with an RBI-single to center field to plate Matt Farrington, but junior catcher Brett Logan provided the big blast with a two-run homer over the left field wall to hand Roberts a comfortable cushion.
Logan went 2-for-3 with two runs and a pair of RBIs, while Farrington went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs. Sophomore outfielder Jake Stewart extended his hitting streak to five games after going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of stolen bases.
LMU outfielder James Cooper went 2-for-4 with a run as the only Lion with more than one hit in the game.
The rubber match of the series is set for 1 p.m., Sunday. The game can be heard live on KGBC 1540 AM with former Cougar letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling the action. Fans also can follow the action by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
The Cougars (4-9) took advantage of a costly error in the second inning to score their first run of the game. After Farrington laced a one-out double down the right-field line, a groundout and a walk to Kingsbury, Stephen Whalen's ground ball was misplayed, allowing Farrington to score and giving the Cougars a 1-0 advantage.
In the fourth inning, the Lions tied the game when Kyle Mura's two-out double plated Cooper from second base.
The score remained that way until the fifth inning when the Cougars struck for another single run. Logan led off the with a sharp single to center field and then stole second base with two outs to move into scoring position. Stewart then laced a single into center field to score Logan and give the Cougars the lead for good.
In the sixth inning, UH broke the game open with three runs. Farrington drew a leadoff walk and moved into scoring position following Bryan Pounds' sacrifice bunt. Kingsbury then scored Farrington with an RBI-single up the middle. After a strikeout, Logan blasted the first pitch he saw from LMU reliever Kyle Huddy over the left-field wall to give the Cougars a 5-1 advantage.
LMU threatened in the top of the eighth inning when three hits by pinch hitter Evan Shahak, Chris Pettit and Cooper loaded the bases with only one out. Joe Frazee drew a two-out walk from Vaclavik to force in Shahak, but the Cougar reliever forced A.J. Lamonda into a groundout to end the rally.
In the bottom of the inning, the Cougars got the run back on the scoreboard. After leading off with a single to right field, Farrington stole second base and then moved to third when catcher Jon Oller's throw was off the mark. Pounds then lifted a sacrifice fly into center field for the final run of the day.