March 26, 2006
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team erupted for eight runs in their first at bat and never looked back in taking a 15-1 win over Marshall in seven innings in the finale of a non-conference series at Cougar Field.
Junior outfielder Jake Stewart and Travis Cougot blasted home runs in the Cougars' first at bat to set the tone for the entire game. It was the first C-USA series sweep for the Cougars since winning three straight over former rival Saint Louis on May 6-8, 2005. With the sweep, the Cougars also improved to 16-12 overall, the first time in 2006 that the Cougars stood four games over the .500 mark.
It was the most runs scored by the Cougars and the team's biggest win since a 17-0 decision over former league rival Cincinnati in the first game of a conference series on April 23, 2004.
Jake Stewart went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs and two RBIs while senior catcher Brett Logan went 4-for-4 with four runs, a double and two RBIs to lead the Cougar offense which pounded out a season-high 18 hits in the game. Senior infielder Isa Garcia went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs and fell just a home run short of hitting for the cycle, while Cougot went 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs and three RBIs.
Sophomore outfielder Bryan Tully went 2-for-4 with a run, triple and RBI, while junior infielder Brad Lincoln added a pair of RBIs in the winning effort.
Marshall outfielder Brit Vincent went 1-for-3 with and provided the Herd's lone offense with a solo homer in the third inning.
UH starter Luis Flores earned the win and improved to 2-1 after holding the Thundering Herd to only one run off three hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work.
Marshall starter Chris Koutsavlis collected the loss and dropped to 3-2 after giving up eight runs off eight hits in only 0.2 innings of work.
The Cougars continue their 2006 schedule when they wrap up their season-long, nine-game homestand at 7 p.m., Tuesday against Prairie View A&M. Fans should note that the Prairie View game was added to the Cougar schedule later in the preseason and may not appear on all UH publications.
The game 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.
The Cougars erupted for eight runs for eight hits while sending 12 men to the plate in their first at bat. Stewart set the tone with a leadoff home run on a 1-2 count. After back to back hits from Isa Garcia and Dustin Kingsbury and a double steal, Brad Lincoln's groundout allowed Garcia to score easily from third base.
Bryan Tully then lifted a triple down the right field line to plate Kingsbury. Luis Flores drew a walk, and two batters later, Brett Logan laced an RBI-single into center field for a 5-0 Cougar lead. Cougot then blasted a three-run homer over the wall in left center. Stewart followed with his second hit of the inning, a single to center field, and Garcia answered with his second hit with a double in the gap in left center to cap the Cougar scoring and chase Koutsavlis.
Marshall cut into the lead in the third inning when Brit Vincent blasted a home run over the wall in left center.
The Cougars pushed their lead to double digits, though, in the next half inning with four runs off five hits. Logan and Cougot reached on back-to-back one-out, singles and moved up a base following a wild pitch. Stewart then laced a single into left field to plate Logan. Garcia then slapped an RBI-triple into left field to score both runners and hand the Cougars a 12-1 advantage.
In the fourth inning, Matt Weston laced a double to the wall in left-center to plate Logan for a 13-1 UH lead.
The Cougars scored their final two runs of the game in the sixth inning. Pinch hitter Tom Williams led off with a double to deep center field and scored on Logan's looping single into center field. Cougot laced a single through the left side of the infield, and Logan came around to score when a Marshall throw to first base on a double-play attempt went into the dugout.