March 5, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La. - No. 8 LSU scored four runs in the eighth inning off five hits to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 win over the University of Houston baseball team Sunday in the finale of a non-conference series at Alex Box Stadium.
The Cougars (8-8) rallied to take a 3-1 lead after scoring a pair of runs in the sixth inning thanks to five straight hits, including RBI-singles from Bryan Pounds and Chris Joseph. The momentum appeared to be going even more in the Cougars' way in the seventh inning after UH retired the LSU side 1-2-3.
But in the eighth inning, the Tigers took the lead for good with four runs off five hits. After reaching on a fielder's choice and moving to second on a groundout, Jason Ogata moved to third base following Michael Hollander's bunt single. J.T. Wise then laced an RBI-single up the middle to score Ogata and pull the Tigers to within 3-2.
Steven Waguespack then followed with an RBI-single up the middle to score Hollander and knot the game at 3-3 before Quinn Stewart's two-run single up the middle gave LSU the lead for good.
UH reliever Ricky Hargrove collected the loss and fell to 1-1 after surrendering four runs off five hits with a pair of strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
Senior infielder Isa Garcia went 3-for-4 with a run to lead the Cougar offense, which outhit the Tigers 12-11. Chris Joseph, playing in only his second game of the season, finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI, while senior catcher Luis Flores batted 2-for-3 with a run. Brad Lincoln also went 2-for-5 with a run in the losing effort.
LSU reliever Michael Bonura picked up the win and improved to 1-0 after limiting the Cougars to only four hits with two strikeouts in 3.2 shutout innings.
Hollander, Wise, Waguespack and Stewart each rapped out two hits apiece for the Tigers with Stewart's three RBIs leading all players.
The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Tuesday, when they play host to Lamar at Cougar Field. The Cougars will be looking for revenge after the Cardinals enjoyed a 5-4 win on Feb. 28 in Beaumont, Texas.
The game 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.
Fans also can catch up with the latest news and notes from the Cougar Baseball program with The Rayner Noble Show at 5:30 p.m., Monday on www.UHCougars.com. Noble will be joined by host Nick Torina to discuss the UH team and look ahead to future games.
Fans are invited to submit their own questions for Coach Noble by clicking on the "Ask Coach Noble" link on the main page at www.UHCougars.com.
The Tigers (13-2) struck for the game's first run in the second inning when Quinn Stewart's sacrifice fly to center field plated Steven Waguespack, who led off with a double and moved up a base following a wild pitch.
The Cougars knotted the game in the fifth inning. Brett Logan drew a one-out walk and stole second base to move into scoring position. Bryan Tully then laced a two-out, RBI-single up the middle to even the game at 1-1.
Houston took the lead in its next at bat after rapping out five consecutive, one-out hits. Bryan Pounds and Chris Joseph led the way with RBI-singles and were joined in the hit parade by Brad Lincoln, Isa Garcia and Brett Logan as the Cougars pushed out to a 3-1 lead.