March 23, 2003
AMELIA, Ohio - For the third straight game, the University of Houston baseball team enjoyed an offensive explosion Sunday in taking a 16-3 win over Cincinnati in the finale of a Conference USA series at Midland Field in Amelia, Ohio.
Every Cougar starter rapped out at least one hit in the game, while all but one scored at least one run in sweeping the Bearcats for the first time in four years. It was the most hits by a Cougar team since UH pounded out 21 against C-USA rival Saint Louis on April 28,2000. It also marked the fourth straight game this week that the Cougars recorded double-digit hits.
Hyung Cho went 3-for-5 with three runs, two RBIs and joined outfielder Gabe Lucas atop the team leaderboard with his third home run of the game. Matt Farrington went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and tied a school single-game record with three doubles. Nick Bott batted 2-for-5 with two runs, three RBIs and his first homer in a Cougar uniform and Brian Martin went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.
In the series, the Cougars outscored UC 42-11, outhit the Bearcats 56-21 with 23 extra-base hits including 16 doubles and committed only two errors in 112 chances. It was the 27th time the Cougars swept a C-USA opponent and the fourth sweep of the Bearcats.
UH starter Garrett Mock collected the win and improved to 2-3 after scattering three runs off five hits with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. After allowing two walks and a hit to the first three UC batters, the Houston native proceeded to retire the next 14 batters.
With the win, UH improved to 11-13 overall and 4-2 in C-USA play. Cincinnati dropped to 6-14 overall, 1-5 C-USA.
Cincinnati starter Nate Bouldin fell to 3-2 after giving up six runs off eight hits in three innings.
For the second time in the series, the Cougars jumped ahead in their first at-bat. After back-to-back, two-out singles from Cho and Papavasiliou put runners at first and second, Farrington plated Cho with a double off the right field wall for a 1-0 UH lead.
The Cougars exploded in the third inning with five runs off five hits, including four for extra bases. Gabe Lucas started the rally with a single to left and came around to score when Cho blasted his third home run of the season - second of the series -- over the center field wall.
Farrington followed with a one-out double and moved to third on a groundout. Stuart Musslewhite then laced a double down the left field line to score Farrington and scored when Nick Bott smashed the first pitch he saw from Bouldin to left center.
The Cougars added to their lead in the fourth inning with three more runs. After a double by Cho and walk to Papavasiliou, Farrington's third double of the game plated Cho and put runners on second and third. Martin then laced a two-out, two-RBI single down the right field line for a 9-0 UH lead.
In the sixth inning, the Cougars added six more runs. Papavasiliou led off the inning with a monster home run to right field. Sam Mitchell followed with an infield single and moved to third on Martin's double to left center. After Musslewhite reached on a UC infield error, Bott plated Papavasiliou with an RBI-single up the middle.
Brett Logan followed with a looping double down the right field line off UC reliever Brian Wood to score Martin and Musslewhite. Travis Tully lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score Bott, and Lucas capped the Cougar scoring with an RBI-single through the left side of the infield to score Logan.
Cincinnati struck for its only runs of the game in the sixth inning on RBI singles from Justin Niefer and Brad Schutz and Jon DeLuca's sacrifice fly.
In the seventh inning, Stuart Musslewhite led off with a double to left field and moved to third on an infield groundout. Two batters later, Tully laced a single to left to score Musslewhite and post his fifth straight multi-hit game.
The Cougars return to action at 2 p.m., Tuesday when they meet Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas. The game can be heard live over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com.