March 16, 2004
HOUSTON - University of Houston pitcher Garrett Mock held third-ranked Rice to two runs over a season-best seven innings, and three other Cougar hurlers made a one-run lead stand up the rest of the way as UH took a 3-2 win over the Owls on Tuesday during Game Two of the annual Silver Glove Series at Cougar Field.
Mock improved to 1-4 with the win and allowed only two runs in the fourth inning against the Owls. However, the Houston native settled down after Rice put its mark on the scoreboard, retiring 12 of the last 14 batters that he faced, including the last nine.
From there, relievers Matt Varner, Travis Mays and Brandon Roznovsky took over and allowed only two more Rice baserunners. After Varner and Mays struck out the only batters that they faced, Roznovsky allowed only one hit in the final 1.1 shutout innings to collect his third save of the season.
Rice (14-5) threatened in the ninth after Josh Rodriguez led off with a single and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. However, Roznovsky induced pinch-hitter Austin Davis into a groundout and, after an intentional walk to Chris Kolkhorst, forced Paul Janish to fly out to center field to end the game.
Making only his second career start, freshman shortstop Patrick Gaylord went 2-for-3 and added a key RBI with a single to center field to cap the Cougars' lone scoring inning. He was the only Cougar to post more than one hit.
The Cougars open Conference USA play this weekend when they face No. 18 Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss., at 6:30 p.m., Friday. The series 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.
The Cougars exploded in the second with three innings. Patrick Breen started the rally with a single to left field and moved to third base on Matt Farrington's double down the right field. When Rice second baseman Matt Moake's throw home sailed into the Cougar dugout, both runners moved up one base to give UH a 1-0 lead.
Farrington came in on the first of two Baker wild pitches in the inning for a 2-0 Cougar lead. Brett Logan walked, stole second base, moved to third on another wild pitch and scored on Patrick Gaylord's RBI-single up the middle. It was the first hit and RBI for Gaylord in his collegiate career.
Rice cut into that deficit in the fourth inning when Travis Reagan's double to left center scored Adam Hale and Josh Rodriguez. However that would be as close as the Owls would get the rest of the evening.
Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a run, while Reagan batted 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead the Owls, who outhit UH 7-5.