April 3, 2004
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - University of Houston righthander Brad Lincoln allowed only five hits with four strikeouts to help lead the Cougar Baseball team to an 8-0 win over Conference USA rival UAB in the second game of a three-game series at Young Memorial Field on Saturday.
Lincoln, who improved to 3-1 and tied for the team lead in wins, allowed only one baserunner to reach second base or beyond in the whole game and that came in the seventh inning when the Cougars had the game well in hand. It was the first shutout of his collegiate career and the second complete game by a Cougar hurler this season.
The Clute, Texas, native also extended his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 11.2 innings, the longest streak by any Cougar pitcher this season.
For the second straight game, the Cougars exploded early and never looked back in taking their second straight win. The Cougars also won their first weekend series in eight attempts this season.
UH grabbed a 6-0 lead after the first two innings and outhit the Blazers 13-5. All but one Cougar starter rapped out at least one hit in the game, with Jake Stewart, Kevin Roberts, Cole Bruce, Stuart Musslewhite and Brett Logan recorded two hits apiece with Bruce leading all players with three RBIs, courtesy of a three-run homer in the second inning.
UAB starter Jacob Legg dropped to 2-2 after allowing six runs off eight hits with a strikeout in only 1.2 innings.
Cole Helms came off the bench to bat 2-for-4 and lead the UAB offense.
The Cougars wrap up the series at 1 p.m., Sunday against the Blazers. The game can be heard live on 88.3 FM KAXF or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling the action. Fans also can follow the action through live stats by clicking on the Gametracker at the bottom of the main page at www.UHCougars.com.
Senior righthander Matt Varner (3-2, 4.67) is scheduled to start for the Cougars, while UAB is slated to throw righthander Jeff Brown (2-1, 3.18).
As they did during the series opener, the Cougars struck for the game's first runs in their first at-bat. Cole Bruce blasted a two-out double down the left field line and came around to score when Rob Johnson smashed an RBI-single into the left-center gap.
The Cougars pushed their lead to 6-0 in the second inning, courtesy of five hits and two UAB errors. Logan started the inning with a single through the right side and moved to second on Travis Tully's sacrifice bunt. Patrick Gaylord then reached on the first UAB error, which allowed Logan to score from second base.
Stewart smashed a single to right field, allowing Gaylord to race to third base. Roberts then slapped an RBI-single through the right side to score Gaylord, and Bruce brought all the runners home with a towering three-run homer over the center field wall.
The score remained that way until the sixth inning when UH struck for another run. Stewart led off with a single to left field and moved into scoring position when the Blazers misplayed Roberts sacrifice bunt attempt. After Bruce's bunt moved the runner up a base, Rob Johnson lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to score Stewart and give the Cougars a 7-0 lead.
In the seventh inning, the Cougars added another run off three hits. Musslewhite and Logan led off with back-to-back singles. After a double play allowed Musslewhite to reach third base, Gaylord slapped an RBI-single through the right side of the infield to cap the scoring for the day.