March 7, 2006
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team strung together back-to-back hits and took advantage of a costly infield error to take a 4-3 win over Lamar on Tuesday in a non-conference game at Cougar Field.
Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, senior infielder Isa Garcia and junior infielder Dustin Kingsbury rapped out consecutive, one-out hits to put runners at first and second with only one out. Junior infielder Brad Lincoln then laced a sharp ground ball that scooted under the glove of Lamar first baseball Andrew Leal and allowed Garcia to race home from second base with the winning run.
The Cougars (9-8) avenged a 5-4 loss to Lamar on Feb. 28 in Beaumont, Texas and split the season series.
UH reliever Aaron Brown collected the win and evened his season record at 1-1 after allowing only one hit with four strikeouts in three shutout innings. While he did not pick up a decision, junior reliever Shea Hancock also made big contributions to the win, holding the Cardinals to only one run off four hits with six strikeouts in five innings.
Lamar reliever Chuckie Platt picked up the loss and dropped to 2-1 after allowing one unearned run off three hits in one inning.
Offensively, Garcia continued his recent surge, batting 2-for-4 with the game-winning run. Kingsbury went 2-for-5 with a run, while freshman catcher Luis Flores added a pair of RBIs for the Cougars, who outhit Lamar 10-6.
Lamar DH Erik Kanaby batted 3-for-4 with a run, RBI and two stolen bases, while outfielder Collin DeLome added a pair of RBIs on a triple in the second inning.
The Cougars return to action this weekend when they meet UC Irvine in a three-game non-conference series in California. That series begins at 8 p.m. (CST) and wraps up with 3 p.m. (CST) games on both Saturday and Sunday. Fans should note that Saturday's game time was moved up earlier this week.
All three 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.
Lamar struck for the game's first runs with two runs off three hits in the second inning. Kanaby's RBI-single to right field plated Jo Jo Haney for the first run, and DeLome's two-run, two-out triple plated two more runs for a 3-0 Lamar lead.
But the Cougars answered in the next half inning with a run of their own. After drawing a one-out walk, Bryan Pounds moved to second on a balk and to third following a wild pitch. Flores then laced an double down the left-field line to plate Pounds and trim the Lamar lead to 3-1.
UH pulled to within a run in the sixth inning. Kingsbury led off with a single through the right side and moved all the way to third on a hit-and-run with Pounds. Flores then lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to make the score 3-2.
The Cougars tied the game in the eighth inning. Pounds reached on an Lamar infield error and moved up a base after Flores drew a walk. Pinch hitter Matt Weston then slapped an RBI-single up the middle off Platt, and pinch runner Matt Farrington slid in under the tag to knot the game at 3-3.
That set the stage for the Cougars' ninth-inning heroics.