March 29, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU jumped out to a four-run lead after seven innings and then held off a furious comeback in taking a 5-2 win over the University of Houston baseball team Saturday in the second game of a Conference USA series at Lupton Stadium.
The Cougars struck for their second run of the game in their final at-bat when Greg Buchanan's RBI-single up the middle scored pinch runner Michael Bourn. A single to left field by Travis Tully then loaded the bases and put the game-tying run at first with two outs, but TCU reliever Zach Duncan forced a groundout to end the game.
With the loss, the Cougars saw their season-best four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 13-14 overall, 5-3 in Conference USA. TCU improved to 18-12 overall, 6-2 in C-USA.
The series wraps up at 1 p.m. Sunday. UH sophomore righthander Garrett Mock (2-2, 4.37) is scheduled to start for the Cougars with TCU slated to throw righthander Chris Osentowski (4-2, 4.30).
Fans can catch the action at KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin about 15 minutes before the first pitch. Fans can also catch the action batter-by-batter by visiting www.UHcougars.com and clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the Daily Calendar at the bottom of the main page.
The game was a pitching duel early with both teams being held to only one hit through the first five innings. TCU starter Clayton Jerome improved to 5-1 after allowing two runs (one earned) off seven hits with eight strikeouts in 8.2 innings.
UH starter Danny Zell dropped to 6-2 but dueled with Jerome through the first five innings. The Cypress, Texas, native allowed four runs off four hits with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings. It was the first time in eight starts this season that Zell failed to throw six innings.
Duncan recorded his first save of the season after retiring the only batter he faced.
Hyung Cho went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to extend his hitting streak to eight games and lead the Cougar offense, which outhit TCU 7-5 in the game. Tully went 2-for-5 with a run and double to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
UH struck for the game's first run in the sixth inning, thanks to a pair of doubles. Tully led off with a looping double that fell into no-man's land in short left field and moved to third on Gabe Lucas' sacrifice bunt. With a drawn-in TCU infield, Cho then laced a double into the right center gap to score Tully.
However, TCU answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning on Mike Settle's two-RBI double to left center, an RBI single from Justin Hatcher and a Cougar wild pitch.
In the seventh inning, TCU pushed its advantage to four runs when Will Lewis scored on a balk for the final margin of victory.
Five different TCU players rapped out one hit apiece with Settle leading all players with two RBIs.