March 26, 2004
HOUSTON - University of Houston pitcher Garrett Mock allowed only one unearned run off four hits in tossing the Cougars' first complete game of the season. However, TCU starter Clayton Jerome was just a little better as the Horned Frogs took a 1-0 win over UH in the opener of a three-game Conference USA series at Cougar Field on Friday night.
Jerome, who improved to 6-1 with the win, allowed only five hits with eight strikeouts to pick up his second shutout win in 2004. The senior righthander retired the last eight batters that he faced
Mock dropped to 1-5 with the loss despite allowing only one unearned run off four hits with a season best seven strikeouts in nine innings. It was the first complete game by a Cougar pitcher this season.
UH dropped to 8-16 overall, 1-3 in C-USA play and suffered its third consecutive one-run loss. TCU improved to 16-8 overall and joined USF atop the league standings at 4-0.
The leadoff hitters for both teams proved to be the offensive starts. UH outfielder Travis Tully led all players by going 3-for-4, while TCU shortstop German Duran batted 2-for-4.
The Cougars continue the series against the Horned Frogs at 7 p.m., Saturday at Cougar Field. The game can be heard live on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with C.B. Devoy and Chris Burkhalter calling the action. Fans also can follow the action through live stats by clicking on the Gametracker at the bottom of the main page at www.UHCougars.com.
UH freshman righthander Brad Lincoln, who made the start at first base on Friday, is scheduled to take the hill in game two of the series. TCU is slated to throw southpaw Eugene Espineli.
TCU struck for the only run of the game in the sixth inning. Shelby Ford led off with a single to left center and moved up an extra base on a Cougar misplay in the outfield. After Chris Neuman grounded out, Ford scored the game's lone run on a wild pitch.
The Cougars assembled their best rally of the night in the seventh inning with a pair of one-out hits. Dustin Kingsbury smacked a up the middle for his first collegiate hit and moved to second on Tully's single into center field. However, Jerome forced a flyout and struck out Brett Cooley on a full count to end the threat and then went 1-2-3 over the final two innings to seal the win.
Prior to that, UH never placed a runner on second base with less than two outs, and when it did, Jerome induced two groundouts and a flyout to kill the threat.