March 14, 2004
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Kevin Roberts drew a two-out, bases loaded walk to force home the winning run as the University of Houston baseball team took a 7-6 win over UCLA during the final day of the Aztec Invitational at PETCO Park.
It was a busy day for Roberts who recorded the game-winning RBI, blasted his first career home run in the third inning after starting in the field at second base and picked up the pitching win, throwing two innings of one-hit, shutout relief.
He finished the game 2-for-5 with a run, home run and two RBIs and then improved to 1-2 on the mound after striking out two with only one hit allowed in the final two innings.
Rob Johnson went 4-for-4 with a run, double and two RBIs to pace the Cougar offense, which outhit UCLA 11-7. Tully added a pair of RBIs in the winning effort.
The momentum appeared to be in UH's favor until UCLA struck for four runs in the eighth inning and tied the game. In the bottom of the ninth, UH started its rally when Jake Stewart reached on a UCLA infield error. Johnson reached on an infield single on a bunt attempt, and both runners moved into scoring position on Matt Farrington's sacrifice bunt.
After a flyout and Tully's second intentional walk of the game loaded the bases, Roberts forced a full count to UCLA reliever Kyle Wilson before ball four was low and away.
The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Tuesday as they play host to No. 4 Rice in Game Two of the annual Silver Glove Series. The Owls took a 1-0 lead in the series after taking an 8-4 win on Feb. 17.
UH junior righthander Garrett Mock (0-4, 8.15) is expected to get the start for the Cougars against the Owls.
The game can be heard live on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with C.B. Devoy and Pat Cauley calling the action. Fans also can follow the action through live stats by clicking on the Gametracker at the bottom of the main page at www.UHCougars.com.
UCLA grabbed the lead in its first at-bat when Brett McMillan's RBI-single to left center scored Preston Griffin, who led off the game with a single to left field.
The Bruins extended their lead in the second inning when Chris Denove's sacrifice fly scored Matt Thayer.
UH cut into that deficit with a run in the second inning. Nick Bott blasted a double into the gap in left center and scored on Johnson's RBI-single to right field.
The Cougars knotted the game at 2-2 in the third inning when Roberts blasted a 1-0 offering from Ambriz over the wall in left field.
In the fourth inning, the Cougars took the lead with three runs off four hits. After being hit by a pitch and moving to third on Johnson's single to right field, Bott scored on Farrington's RBI-single through the right side of the UCLA infield.
With runners on second and third and two outs, Tully slapped a single through the left side of the infield to score both Johnson and Farrington and give the Cougars a 5-2 lead.
The score remained that way until the seventh inning when UH struck for another run. After Patrick Breen lined a base hit off the first-base bag, Johnson plated Stewart, who entered the game as a pinch runner, with a double to left center.
UCLA exploded in the eighth inning with four runs off four hits to tie the game at 6-6. Preston Griffin cut the Cougar lead in half with a two-RBI single to left field, and Brett McMillan's sacrifice fly to center field scored Jarrad Page.
Wes Whisler then laced a two-out double to right field to score Griffin and tie the contest.