March 17, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first six innings and held on the rest of the way in taking a 6-2 win over No. 8 Houston on Sunday in the finale of a Conference USA three-game series at Young Memorial Field.
With the loss, the Cougars saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end. It was the longest winning streak since April 28-May 18, 2000, when UH reeled off 10 consecutive wins. UH also saw its 12-game winning streak over UAB snapped.
UAB starter Ross Dobbins kept the normally high-powered UH offense in check, holding the Cougars to only seven hits in 7.0 innings with five strikeouts, to improve to 2-0. UH starter Gene Flores dropped to 1-1 after allowing five hits and five runs in 5.1 innings.
Blazer reliever Tony Falls earned his first save of the year.
Offensively, the Cougars outhit UAB 9-6 with Jesse Crain's and Michael Bourn's two-hit efforts leading the way. Justin Miller led UAB with two hits, while Eric Lyon added two RBIs in the winning effort.
The Blazers took the lead in the first inning on Lyon's two-run home run.
UH cut that deficit in half when Hyung Cho's RBI-single to center field plated Bourn, who led off the sixth inning with a double down the left field line. Cho also extended his hitting streak to a UH season-best 13 games.
However, UAB pushed its lead back to two runs in the bottom of the inning on Quincy Williams' looping RB-single into short left field and added two more runs on RBI-infield groundouts by Justin Miller and Jeremy Moran for a 5-1 lead. The Blazers added another run in the seventh inning when on a balk by UH reliever Bryan Harris.
In the eighth inning, the Cougars loaded the bases with one out, and Stuart Musslewhite's RBI single off the right center wall plated Bourn. However, UAB reliever Tony Falls forced a Cougar double play to end the threat and the inning.
The Cougars return to action with two non-conference games in Houston before playing host to C-USA rival Tulane in a three-game series at Cougar Field this weekend. UH competes in games two and three of the Silver Glove Series against crosstown rival and fourth-ranked Rice. The Cougars travel to Reckling Park for a 7 p.m. contest Tuesday and return home to host the Owls at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Wednesday game is a makeup date from Feb. 26 when the game was postponed due to cold weather that moved through the South.