Baseball Drops 3-2 Decision to Texas A&M on Tuesday
March 21, 2006
HOUSTON - Texas A&M starter Kyle Thebeau limited the University of Houston baseball team to one unearned run over seven innings, and the Aggie bullpen held off a furious comeback to take a 3-2 win over the Cougars on Tuesday at Cougar Field.
Leading 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Cougars (13-12) mounted their biggest offensive threat of the night. Junior outfielder Jake Stewart laced a double into right center and scored on Isa Garcia's single into right field. The Cougars continued to threaten, putting runners on second and third after Dustin Kingsbury's single into center field and subsequent stolen base.
But Meyer forced Brad Lincoln to fly out to the warning track in right field to end the rally and the game.
Thebeau picked up the win and evened his season record at 2-2 after tossing six strikeouts in the win. Meyer picked up his first save of the year.
UH starter Matt Farrington dropped to 1-3 after allowing three runs off five hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.
Offensively, the Cougars outhit Texas A&M 11-7 but left 11 runners on base in the loss. Junior outfielder Jake Stewart went 2-for-5 with a run and double to extend his hitting streak to six straight games. It also was the sixth straight game that the Santa Fe, Texas, native recorded at least two hits to raise his batting average to its current .306 mark.
Returning from a stint on the DL, senior infielder Isa Garcia went 2-for-5 with an RBI, while freshman infielder Travis Cougot went 2-for-4 in the first multi-hit game of his career.
Outfielder Kyle Colligan went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, a triple and home run to lead the Aggie offense, while infielder Jose Salazar went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Cougars return to action as they play host to new Conference USA rival Marshall in the opening weekend of league play. That series begins with 7 p.m. games on both Friday and Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Sunday.
All three games can be heard live over the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also can follow play-by-play action by clicking on the "Live Stats" link on the schedule at www.UHCougars.com.
In addition to the games, fans also will be able to enjoy various promotions during the Marshall series. Friday's opener will be another Dollar Dog Night, where fans can eat hot dogs for only $1.
On Saturday, UH Baseball campers will be honored as part of Camper Reunion Day.
Texas A&M (15-9) struck for the game's first runs in the second inning when Colligan blasted a two-out, two-run homer over the left-field wall.
The Cougars trimmed that deficit in half in the fourth inning thanks to two hits and an error. Luis Flores reached on a fielder's choice and moved into scoring position following Josh Stirneman's infield single. Bryan Tully then lifted a single into shallow center field to plate Flores and cut the Aggie lead to 2-1.
But the Aggies pushed their lead back to two runs when Parker Dalton's RBI-single into left field plate Colligan, who led off with a triple down the right-field line.