March 30, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Brett Logan's safety squeeze in the seventh inning broke a 4-4 tie, and Sam Mitchell's RBI-single added a much-needed insurance run as the University of Houston baseball team took a 6-5 win over TCU in the finale of a Conference USA series at Lupton Stadium.
After jumping ahead 3-0 in the top of the third inning, the Cougars fell behind in the next half inning when TCU struck for four runs. However, the Cougars rallied in the fourth in knot the game and kept the score there until the seventh inning.
In the seventh inning, Brian Martin walked to lead off and moved into scoring position following Stuart Musslewhite's sacrifice bunt. Nick Bott laced a single through the left side to put runners at first and third, and Logan gave the Cougars the lead with a safety squeeze down the first base line that scored pinch runner Brad Sullivan.
Mitchell then capped the Cougar scoring with an RBI-single through the left side that scored Bott and gave the Cougars a 6-4 lead.
TCU pulled to within a run in the eighth inning when Mike Settle's single fell into left field, allowing Terry Trofholz to score from second base and put the score at 6-5.
However, that would be all the Horned Frogs would score the rest of the way. UH reliever Ryan Wagner allowed only one unearned run off two hits in the final three innings to record his sixth save of the year. With that total, he tied Kevin Rupp (1976), Rayner Noble (1981), Robert Dieudonne (1997) and Greg Runser (2000) for the third highest total in UH single-season history.
Hyung Cho went 3-for-5 with a run, double and two RBIs, while Matt Farrington went 3-for-5 to pace the Cougar offense, which outslugged TCU 14-6 in the game. Travis Tully went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs and joined with Cho in extending their season-best hitting streaks to nine games each.
UH reliever Brian Henderson collected his first win of the year after giving up only one run in 1.1 innings to improve to 1-2 this season. TCU reliever Zach Duncan allowed two runs of three hits in three innings and dropped to 1-3 with the loss.
The Cougars (14-14, 6-3, C-USA) put three unearned runs on the scoreboard in the third inning, thanks to four hits and two TCU errors. Logan reached on the first Horned Frog misplay to lead off and moved to second base following Tully's single to left field. Cho then plated Logan with a sharp single up the middle, and Farrington reached on the second TCU error to load the bases with two outs.
Martin slapped an RBI-single to left field to score Tully and keep the bases loaded. Musslewhite then chopped a swinging bunt that stopped in fair territory on the third base line to score Cho and give the Cougars a 3-0 lead.
However, TCU's error bug carried over to the Cougars in the bottom of the inning. TCU (18-13, 6-3 C-USA) answered with four runs in the third inning, on Terry Trofholz's RBI-groundout, Mike Settle's two-RBI double and Chris Meeks' RBI-single that scored the go-ahead run. The Horned Frogs also benefited from two Cougar errors in the infield to take the one-run lead.
UH knotted the game at 4-4 in the next half-inning. After Tully reached on a bunt single down the third base line, Cho plated the freshman outfielder with a double down the left field line.
The score remained that way until the seventh inning.
Settle went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs, while Trofholz batted 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Tuesday when they meet No. 1 Rice in Game Four of the Silver Glove Series at Reckling Park. The game can be heard live on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com. Pregame is slated to begin about 15 minutes before first pitch.