March 20, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Junior Kevin Roberts held Memphis to only one run off four hits through seven innings and then helped his own cause at the plate by batting 3-for-5 with two runs and a career-high four RBIs to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to an 11-1 win in the rubber match of a Conference USA series at Nat Buring Stadium.
Roberts struck out six and scattered four hits with only one walk in improving to 2-1 this season as the Cougars enjoyed their biggest win of the season and the biggest since taking a 12-2 win at C-USA rival Louisville in the first game of a doubleheader on May 15, 2004.
Meanwhile, the Cougar offense exploded with a season-high-tying 18 hits, equaling the mark set against Pepperdine on Feb. 20 at Cougar Field. All but two starters recorded at least one hit in the game with seven players rapping out at least two hits in the game. In addition to Roberts, Brett Logan batted 4-for-4 with a pair of runs, while Brad Lincoln finished the day 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. Mark McGonigle went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI, while Dustin Kingsbury and Bryan Pounds each batted 2-for-5.
Memphis starter Neil Schenk dropped to 0-2 after giving up four runs off eight hits with a strikeout in 4.2 innings.
Jordan Tolliver went 2-for-3 with a run for Memphis, which was limited to only five hits in the game.
The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Tuesday as they play host to No. 8 Texas A&M in the friendly confines of Cougar Field. That game can be heard live on the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former Cougar letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. In addition, fans can follow the action by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
The Cougars struck for the game's first runs in the third inning after pounding out four hits and taking advantage of an error. Logan led off with a single up the middle and moved all the way to third base on Travis Tully's line-drive single into right field. Jake Stewart hit a grounder to second base, but the ball was misplayed in the infield, allowing Logan to score the game's first run and putting runners on first and second.
After McGonigle's sacrifice bunt moved both runners up a base, Roberts smashed a double into right field to hand the Cougars a 3-0 advantage.
The score remained that way until the fifth inning when UH added another run. After lacing a one-out, infield single and moving to second on a groundout, Roberts scored on Pounds' RBI-single through the left side of the Memphis infield.
UH broke the game open in the sixth inning with three runs off three hits and another Memphis error. Logan led off with a sharp single up the middle and moved to third two batters later following a groundout. After a walk to McGonigle, Roberts ripped a double to right field, scoring both runners. Roberts then came around to score when Kingsbury's ground ball was misplayed.
Memphis put its mark on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning when Adam Amar's groundout scored Tolliver, who led off the inning with a single down the left field line.
The Cougars struck for two more runs in the eighth when Lincoln blasted a two-out, two-run, opposite-field homer over the wall in left field. One inning later, McGonigle's double to the wall in left-center scored Tully, who reached earlier on a fielder's choice, and Brian Temko's pinch-hit single up the middle plated McGonigle to cap the Cougar scoring.