Hargrove Strikes Out Seven to Lead Baseball to Shutout
March 8, 2005
HOUSTON - Freshman righthander Ricky Hargrove threw six shutout innings and set a new career high with seven strikeouts to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 4-0 win over Sam Houston State on Tuesday at Cougar Field.
Hargrove, who retired nine of the first 10 batters that he faced, collected his first collegiate win and improved to 1-2 this season. The Katy, Texas, native scattered four hits with no walks and allowed only one baserunner beyond first base in the sixth inning after a miscue in the outfield.
Entering the game with the bases loaded and only one out in the seventh inning, junior righthander Justin Vaclavik induced two groundouts to end the Bearkats' only offensive threat of the game. The Bay City, Texas, native threw the final 2.2 shutout innings and struck out four to earn his team-leading third save and second in the last three days.
Junior infielder Kevin Roberts went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI to lead the Cougars, who rapped out eight hits in the game. Sophomore shortstop Dustin Kingsbury extended his career-best hitting streak to seven games - the longest by any Cougar slugger in 2005 - after going 2-for-4.
SHSU starter Cody Lott dropped to 2-3 after giving up four runs (two earned) off seven hits and five walks with a pair of strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Isaias Garcia and Jose Salazar each batted 2-for-4 to account for half of the Bearkats' eight hits.
The Cougars continue their 2005 season this weekend as they compete in their first game outside of the Houston city limits against No. 35 Long Beach State. That series begins at 8:30 p.m. (CST) Friday, continues at 4 p.m., Saturday (CST) and wraps up at 3 p.m. (CST), Sunday.
All three games 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.
The Cougars grabbed the first lead with a run in the third inning. After lifting a single into shallow left-center field, Matt Farrington raced all the way from first base when Brad Lincoln's RBI-double bounced off the base of the wall in left field.
UH broke the game open in the fifth inning on a two-out rally, thanks to three hits and two SHSU errors. After back-to-back walks to Jake Stewart and Lincoln, Roberts laced an RBI-single up the middle to plate Lincoln and double the Cougar lead.
Kingsbury then dribbled an infield single to third base and moved up another base when the throw to first base went awry, allowing Lincoln to score. SHSU right fielder Dustin Martin's thrown to home plate was off the mark, allowing Roberts to score and give the Cougars a 4-0 lead.