March 12, 2006
IRVINE, Calif. - Matt Morris' RB-single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Gary Dudrey and lifted UC Irvine to a 3-2 win over the University of Houston baseball team Sunday in the finale of a non-conference series at Anteater Park.
After reaching on a fielder's choice, Dudrey moved into scoring position when Taylor Holiday was hit by a pitch for the second time. Two batters later, Morris ripped a ground ball through the right side of the Cougar infield to score Dudrey and give the Anteaters their lone win of the series.
UH reliever Shea Hancock collected the loss and dropped to 1-1 after surrendering a run off a hit with one strikeout in one inning.
Junior outfielder Jake Stewart went 2-for-4 with a stolen base to lead the Cougars, which managed only six hits in the game, their lowest output of the series.
UCI reliever Blair Erickson picked up the win and improved to 2-0 after pitching a perfect ninth inning.
Cody Cipriano went 2-for-4, while Josh Tavelli batted 2-for-3 with a run and stolen base to lead the Anteaters.
The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Tuesday as they play host to No. 19 Baylor at Cougar Field. That game will be the start of a season-long nine-game homestand for the Cougars.
The game 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.
The Cougars struck for the game's first run in the second inning without the benefit of a hit. Luis Flores drew a one-out walk and Bryan Pounds was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with only one out. Brett Logan then hit a sharp grounder to UCI third baseman Tyler Vaughn, who stepped on third to retire Flores.
However, Vaughn's throw to first base bounced in the dirt and rolled down the right-field line, allowing Pounds to race all the way home from first base.
The score remained that way until the Anteaters tied the game at 1-1 on pinch hitter Brock Burdeen's RBI-double down the right-field line.
But once again, Lincoln broke a tie with a dramatic home run in the eighth inning, blasting a towering shot over the right-field wall. On Friday in the series opener, Lincoln helped with own cause with a solo homer to lead off the eighth inning.
The Anteaters tied the game again in the bottom of the inning on Zach Robinson's two-out, RBI single up the middle.