April 1, 2003
HOUSTON - Rice starter Wade Townsend held the University of Houston baseball team to only one hit through seven shutout innings Tuesday to help lead the Owls to an 11-0 win over the Cougars in Game Four of the annual Silver Glove Series at Reckling Park.
Townsend retired 14 of the first 15 batters that he faced and did not allow any hits until Stuart Musslewhite laced a two-out single to right field in the top of the fifth inning. In addition, the Dripping Springs, Texas, native recorded his second win in the 2003 Series and struck out 10 batters with only two walks.
Owl relievers Colin Matheny and David Aardsma retired the Cougars hitters in order during the final two innings and combined with Townsend to become the first pitchers since Northwestern State's Jon Black on March 11, 1995, to hold the Cougars to only one hit.
The loss was the worst to the Owls since UH dropped a 16-3 decision on Feb. 18, 1998, the first year and only the second game of the Silver Glove Series. In addition, Rice won its fourth consecutive game against the Cougars this season and has now won 10 of the last 11 meetings.
Chris Kolkhorst, Vincent Sinisi, Paul Janish and Justin Ruchti each posted two hits to lead the Owls, who pounded out 12 hits in the game.
Making his third consecutive start against the Owls this season, UH righthander Gene Flores collected the loss and dropped to 1-2 after allowing two runs off four hits in 2.2 innings of work.
The Cougars return to action this weekend as they play host to Conference USA rival UAB in a three-game series at Cougar Field. The series begins with 7 p.m. games on both Friday and Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Fans can catch the action on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin about 15 minutes before first pitch. For live stats with batter-by-batter action, fans can also visit the UH web site at www.UHcougars.com and click on the "Gametracker" link on the Daily Calendar at the bottom of the main page.
Rice took the early lead in the second inning when Janish slapped an RBI-single to left field to score Craig Stansberry. In the third inning, the Owls doubled their advantage with another run on Stansberry's bases-loaded walk, which scored Ruchti.
Rice took control of the game for good in the fifth inning with six runs, thanks to RBI-singles from Janish, Jeff Jorgensen, Enrique Cruz, Austin Davis, a UH passed ball and Townsend's RBI-groundout.
In the sixth inning, the Cougars put yet another run on the scoreboard on Matt Ueckert's pinch-hit RBI single and added two more runs in the seventh inning on another bases-loaded walk to Stansberry and pinch hitter Matt Emerson's sacrifice fly to right field.