March 29, 2005
HOUSTON - Rice righthander Bobby Bell allowed only two runs off six hits in eight innings of work to lead the 13th-ranked Owls to a 6-2 win over the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday in Game Three of the annual Sterling Bank Silver Glove Series at Cougar Field.
With the win, the Owls won their third straight game against the Cougars in 2005 and won the Sterling Bank Silver Glove Series for the fifth consecutive year and the seventh time in the eight-year history of the Series.
The Cougars (11-15) scored the game's first run in the second inning but the Owls tied the game in their next at bat and then scored at least one win in four consecutive innings midway through the contest to take control.
UH starter Ricky Hargrove dropped to 1-4 after giving up four runs (three earned) off seven hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
Junior infielder Kevin Roberts laced a double into right field in his first at bat and finished the night 1-for-4 with a run to extend his hitting streak to a UH season- and career-best 13 consecutive games, tying as the 22nd-longest in school history. Sophomore infielder Brad Lincoln went 1-for-2 with an RBI, the eighth consecutive game in which the Clute, Texas, native recorded at least one RBI.
Freshman infielder Stephen Whalen went 2-for-3 with a run and pair of doubles in the losing effort.
Greg Buchanan, Joe Savery, Lance Pendleton and Danny Lehmann each rapped out two hits for the Owls, who outhit the Cougars 10-6. Adam Hale led all players with two RBIs.
The Cougars return to action this weekend when they meet Conference USA
rival Cincinnati in a three-game series at UC Baseball Stadium. That series begins at 5:30 p.m. (CST), Friday, continues at 3 p.m (CST), Saturday and wraps up at noon (CST), Sunday.
Friday's game can be heard live on KLVL 1480 AM with Saturday's and Sunday's games airing on KGBC 1540 AM. All three games can be heard on the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action.
The Cougars struck for the game's first run in the second inning. Roberts slapped a double down the right-field line to lead off and came around two batters later when Brett Logan laced a single up the middle.
Rice answered in the next half inning and tied the game at 1-1 when Buchanan lifted a pitch into shallow left field that fell for a double and allowed Lehmann to score.
In the fifth inning, the Owls took the lead for good when Tyler Henley blasted a double off the center field and took advantage of a key Cougar infield error to come all the way around home for a 2-1 Rice lead.
One inning later, Hale gave the Owls a 4-1 lead after blasting a two-run homer over the right-field wall.
UH pulled to within 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Whalen laced a double off the glove of Rice shortstop Brian Friday and moved to third on Jake Stewart's looping single into shallow center field. Two batters later, Lincoln lifted a sacrifice fly into center field to trim into the Rice lead.
Again, the Owls answered in their next at bat, scoring when Lehmann advanced on a wild pitch. In the eighth inning, Rice took advantage of a hit batter, walk and two errors on failed pickoff attempts to cap the scoring for the night.