March 9, 2003
HOUSTON - Northwestern State only managed offense during its first and last at-bats Sunday, but in the end it would be enough as the Demons took a 6-4 win over the University of Houston baseball team in the finale of a non-conference series at Cougar Field.
After falling behind 4-0 after the first half inning, the Cougars chipped away and tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh. Kevin Roberts started the rally with a single and moved all the way to third base on Stuart Musslewhite's single to left center. NSU starter Zach Sanches then balked to score Roberts and pull the Cougars to within one at 4-3 before Brett Logan knotted the game with a double down the left field line to knock Sanches out of the game.
However, NSU (12-6) struck for two runs in the top of the ninth, thanks to a hit, two hit batters, a wild pitch and passed ball to take the series win.
Gabe Lucas went 4-for-5 to set a new personal single-game high in hits and spearheaded the Cougar offensive attack, which outhit the Demons 12-6. Brett Logan also batted 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs for UH in the losing effort.
Anatole Vincent went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs to lead NSU, while Jeff Martin batted 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
UH reliever Ryan Wagner dropped to 0-2 after giving up two hits and two runs in 3.2 innings. NSU righthander Clayton Turner collected the win and improved to 2-0 after pitching 2.1 innings of one-hit relief.
NSU exploded for four runs in their first at-bat on Vincent's two-RBI single and a two-run homer from Martin.
In the second inning, UH cut into the deficit with a run. After singling to left field to lead off the frame, Roberts moved to third on back-to-back groundouts before scoring on Logan's RBI-single to center field.
The Cougars pulled closer in the fourth inning with another run. After walking and moving to second on a groundout, Logan moved to third base on a balk from Sanches and pulled UH to within 4-2 when Greg Buchanan laced an RBI-single up the middle.
The score remained that way until the seventh inning when UH tied the game at 4-4.
The Cougars return to action at 6 p.m., Tuesday as they face sixth-ranked Baylor at the Baylor Ballpark in Waco, Texas. UH will be looking to exact some revenge on the Bears, who took a 14-4 win over the Cougars during the first day of the Minute Maid Park College Classic on Feb. 14.
That game can be heard live on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com. Fans can also track the action batter-by-batter by clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the "Daily Calendar" at the bottom of the main page at www.UHcougars.com.