March 6, 2005
HOUSTON - Bryan Pounds and Travis Tully each rapped out three hits to lead an offensive attack which saw all but one starter record a hit as the University of Houston baseball team took an 8-3 win over Loyola Marymount on Sunday in the rubber match of a non-conference series at Cougar Field.
After falling behind 1-0 early, the Cougars recorded multiple runs in three consecutive innings to take control of the game and win their first weekend series since winning two of three from Conference USA rival Tulane on May 20-22, 2004.
Pounds set a new career high in going 3-for-4 with a run, while Tully finished the day 3-for-3 with two runs and a pair of RBIs. Junior catcher Brett Logan continued his recent hot streak by batting 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs, and sophomore shortstop Dustin Kingsbury went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Freshman outfielder Kori Williams also batted 2-for-5 with a run.
While the Cougar offense posted the second-highest hit total of the season, UH starter Brad Lincoln held the Loyola Marymount in check. The Clute, Texas, native struck out a career-best-tying eight batters and limited the Lions to only two runs (one earned) off six hits in seven innings of work.
Joe Frazee went 2-for-5 with a double, and A.J. LaMonda went 2-for-4 with a double, run and RBI to pace the LMU offense.
LMU starter Jeff Stevens, who earned the save in Friday's win over the Cougars, picked up the loss and dropped to 0-2 after giving up seven runs (six earned) off 12 hits with a pair of strikeouts in only 4.2 innings of work.
The Cougars continue their 2005 season Tuesday as they play host to Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. at Cougar Field. The game can be heard live over the Internet at www.UHCougars.com 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.
Tuesday's game will be the end of a season-long seven-game homestand for the Cougars who travel to Long Beach State for their final non-conference series next weekend.
Chris Pettit put Loyola Marymount on the scoreboard in the first inning after blasting a 3-2 offering over the left field wall.
In the third inning, the Cougars erupted for three runs off four hits. Pounds led off with a single up the middle and moved to third on Williams' hit. Tully then laced a hit up the middle that deflected off Steven's pitching hand into left field, allowing both runners to score and give the Cougars a 3-1 lead.
In the fourth inning, LMU got a run back when Josh Bradbury was tagged out in a two-out, rundown between first and second bases but not before LaMonda raced in from third base to trim the Cougar lead to 3-2.
However, the Cougars pushed their lead to three runs in the next half-inning. Kingsbury slapped a one-out double into right field and raced in when Logan lifted an RBI-single into right field. Stephen Whalen then followed with a double off the wall in left field to score Logan and hand the Cougars a 5-2 lead.
The Cougars pushed their lead to 7-2 in the fifth inning off five hits. Tully led off with an infield single and scored after Kevin Roberts' blasted a triple to right center during a 12-pitch at-bat. After a walk to Matt Farrington, Kingsbury slapped an RBI-single through the left side of the LMU infield.
In the seventh inning, the Cougars added another run. After reaching on an infield error and moving to third on Pounds' third hit of the game, Kingsbury scored when Logan lifted a sacrifice fly into deep left field.