March 22, 2003
AMELIA, Ohio - The University of Houston baseball team continued its hot hitting Saturday with a 13-6 win over Cincinnati in the second game of a Conference USA series at Midland Field in Amelia, Ohio.
UH batters pounded out 13 runs off 17 hits against the Bearcats, the fourth consecutive game that the team has recorded double-digit hits. All but two Cougar starters recorded at least one hit and scored at least one run in the game.
Gabe Lucas went 3-for-4 with two runs, a home run and three RBIs, while Stuart Musslewhite batted 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Travis Tully batted 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs and recorded his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, and Hyung Cho blasted his second home run on the way to a 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.
After battling to a 3-2 lead after five innings, the Cougars exploded for seven runs off seven hits in the sixth inning and never looked back in the win. Although Cincinnati battled back to come within 10-5 and loaded the bases in the eighth inning with only one out, UH reliever Ryan Wagner induced an rally-killing double play to end the Bearcat threat.
The series wraps up at 10 a.m. (CST) Sunday at Midland Field. Sunday's game time was moved up one hour from the original time due to previous field commitments.
UH sophomore righthander Garrett Mock (1-2, 4.34) is scheduled to start for the Cougars with Cincinnati slated to throw righthander Nate Bouldin (3-1, 3.18).
Fans can catch the action at KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin at 9:45 a.m. (CST). Fans can also catch the action batter-by-batter by visiting the Cincinnati web site at www.UCBearcats.com.
Cougar starter Danny Zell won for the sixth time in seven starts this season. The Cypress, Texas, native allowed only two runs (both from solo homers) off five hits with three strikeouts in six innings. It was the seventh straight start that Zell gave the Cougars at least six innings of work.
UC starter B.J. Borsa dropped to 2-3 after giving up seven runs (five earned) off nine hits with three strikeouts in only 5.2 innings of work.
Despite the heavy hitting by the Cougars, UH hitters also displayed a generous side. With six sacrifice bunts, the team set a new UH single-game record, topping the previous record of five set on three other occasions.
The Cougars struck for a pair of runs in the third inning, thanks to two hits and a Cincinnati error. Stuart Musslewhite led off with a single to left field, moved to second Cole Bruce's sacrifice bunt and to third on a wild pitch. From there, Nick Bott plated Musslewhite and reached base on a Bearcat infield error.
Travis Tully then laced a double into left center, and Bott, running with the pitch, scored all the way from first base for a 2-0 Cougar lead.
Cincinnati pulled to within a run when Mark Muscenti smashed a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the frame.
UH pushed its lead back to two runs in the fourth inning with a run of its own. After walking to lead off, Thanos Papavasiliou moved to scoring position on Matt Farrington's sacrifice bunt. Musslewhite then laced a two-out, RBI-single through the right side of the UC infield for a 3-1 UH lead.
In the sixth inning, the Cougar broke the game open with seven more runs for a 10-1 lead. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Cho blasted a Borsa offering over the left field wall for his second homer of the season. Papavasiliou then singled to right field and moved to second base Farrington's second sacrifice bunt of the day.
Two batters later, Musslewhite scored Papavasiliou with a single to left field and moved to second base on a UC error in the outfield before coming around to score on Cole Bruce's RBI single. After Bott's single put runners at second and third base, Lucas smashed a three-run, homer over the center field wall of UC reliever Rob Reel to cap the scoring.
In the bottom of the inning, Jon DeLuca lifted a solo homer to left field to lead off the Bearcat inning.
UC exploded in the eighth inning with three runs off six consecutive hits. Brad Dormann highlighted the Bearcat inning with a two-run double, but Wagner forced pinch-hitter Eric Eitel to hit into a bases-loaded, inning-ending double play to kill the UC rally.
The Cougars then put the game out of reach with three more runs in the ninth inning. After back-to-back hits from Cho and Lucas and a sacrifice from Papavasiliou put runners on second and third, Sam Mitchell laced a triple over the head of UC center fielder Justin Niefer for two runs. Two batters later, Musslewhite laid down a safety squeeze to score Mitchell for the Cougars' final run of the game.
In the bottom of the ninth, Cincinnati scored its final run when Brad Schutz's sacrifice fly scored Josh Romero.