March 12, 2005
LONG BEACH, Calif. - No. 35 Long Beach State scored single runs in each of the first three innings and never looked back in taking a 5-1 win over the University of Houston baseball team Saturday in the second game of a non-conference series at Blair Field.
The Cougars jumped out in their first at-bat with a single run on Brad Lincoln's RBI-single. However, that would be all the offense the Cougars would muster the rest of the game. Three LBSU pitchers combined to hold UH to only two hits over the final eight scoreless innings.
LBSU starter Marco Estrada improved to 4-0 after holding the Cougars to only one run off four hits with eight strikeouts in six innings. UH starter Kevin Roberts dropped to 1-1 after giving up five runs off eight hits with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
Evan Longoria went 3-for-5 with a run and RBI, while Brandon Godfrey batted 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead the Dirtbag offense, which outhit the Cougars 11-4. Sean Boatright also batted 2-for-4 with a run and RBI in the win.
The series wraps up at 3 p.m. (CST) Sunday. 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.
Sophomore righthander Brad Lincoln (1-2) is slated to take the hill for the Cougars. This season, Lincoln has compiled a 1-2 record with 16 strikeouts and a 6.55 ERA in 22.0 innings.
He will be opposed by LBSU righthander Jared Hughes, who has a 1-1 record with a 2.61 ERA.
As they did in the series opener, the Cougars struck for the game's first run - only this time in their first at bat. After leading off with an infield single, Kori Williams moved into scoring position on Travis Tully's sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a groundout. Brad Lincoln then gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead after slapping an RBI-single into left field.
LBSU tied the game in the bottom of the frame when Boatright's looping RBI-single into center field scored Chuck Sindlinger, who reached after a dropped third strike.
In the second inning, Evan Longoria laced a single up the middle to score Chris Jones from third base. One inning later, Sean Boatright from third base when Jones' hit into a fielder's choice.
The Dirtbags broke the game open in the sixth inning with RBI-singles from Sindlinger and Godfrey.