March 9, 2002
LAFAYETTE, La. - The University of Houston baseball rolled to its sixth straight win Saturday with a 7-3 victory over No. 27 Louisiana-Lafayette at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
UH (11-4) pounded out 12 hits in the game and displayed a little power as Michael Bourn and Jesse Crain each blasted home runs in the game. That would be enough for starter Keith Whatley who collected his team-best fourth win of the season, allowing three runs off seven hits in 6.0 innings of work.
The two teams wrap up the series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Cougar Field. Fans can hear the game live on KGBC Radio 1540 AM or via the Internet at www.kgbcradio.cc.
The UH offense rapped out least eight hits for the 10th straight game after doing that only once in its first six games. Hyung Cho extended his hitting streak to a UH-season-best-tying eight games with a 3-for-5 performance while Stuart Musslewhite and Anthony Scalise each went 2-for-5.
In the fourth inning, the Cougars added to their lead with some aggressive baserunning when Gabe Lucas squeezed Cole Bruce for a 3-0 UH lead. Four different Cougar baserunners recorded at least one stolen base in the victory.
The sixth inning would prove to be eventful with each team scoring three times. UH started the offensive outburst with a pair of home runs. Bourn blasted the first of his collegiate career with a two-run shot over the left-center field wall, and Crain followed him with a monster shot of his own. It marked the first time back-to-back home runs by a Cougar duo since Aaron Melebeck and current graduate assistant coach Sean Allen accomplished the feat against Rice on May 28, 2000.
In the bottom of the inning, the Cajuns struck for three runs of their own on Mike Kabel's three-run shot to left field. However, that would all the offense UL Lafayette would muster for the rest of the day.
The Cougars caused problems for the Cajuns on the basepaths again in the seventh inning, leading to an unearned run. Musslewhite and Scalise succeeded on a double steal of second and third base and Musslewhite scored easily when Kabel's throw to third base went into left field.