April 4, 2004
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Kevin Roberts laced an RBI-double down the right field line, and the University of Houston baseball team added two more runs on the way to a 5-2 win over Conference USA rival UAB in the finale of a series at Young Memorial Field on Sunday.
With the score tied entering the ninth inning, Matt Farrington reached on a popup in the infield that was misplayed. After Jake Stewart laid down a sacrifice bunt, Roberts slapped a double, allowing Farrington to score and giving the Cougars a 3-2 lead. However, the rally was not over yet.
Roberts, who entered the game in the seventh inning as a reliever, then retired the UAB side 1-2-3 in the ninth inning to improve to 2-3 this season. The Pearland, Texas, native allowed only one hit with three strikeouts in three shutout innings to collect the win.
With the win, the Cougars extended their winning streak to three straight games for the first time this season. UH also swept a C-USA opponent for the first time since April 18-20 against Saint Louis.
UAB starter Jeff Brown dropped to 2-2 after giving up five runs (two earned) off nine hits with four strikeouts in 8.1 innings.
For the third straight game, the Cougars outhit the Blazers 9-5. Tully batted 2-for-5 with a run, and Stuart Musslewhite went 2-for-4 to load the Cougar offense.
Eugene Rodriguez was the only Blazer with more than hit, batting 2-for-4 on the day.
The Cougars continue their season at 7 p.m., Tuesday, when they meet No. 4 Rice in Game Four of the annual Silver Glove Series at Cougar Field. Rice took a 2-1 lead in the series with an 8-3 win on March 30 at Reckling Park.
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.
It took longer than the first two games, but the Cougars struck for the game's first run in the fifth inning, thanks to two hits, a walk and key UAB error. Patrick Gaylord started the rally with a one out single and moved all the way to third base on Musslewhite's single to left center. After Stewart's walk loaded the bases, Tully slapped a ground ball off the glove of UAB first baseman Daniel Hill to plate Gaylord and give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
The score remained that way until the seventh inning when the Cougars took advantage of two hits and another UAB error to score a run. Farrington led off with a triple off the right field wall. With the infield drawn in, Stewart smashed a ground ball that was misplayed by UAB second baseman Drew Goneke, allowing Farrington to score an insurance run for the Cougars.
However, the Blazers knotted the game in the bottom of the frame. After being hit by a pitch to lead off, Nathan McCorkle raced all the way around from first base on Cole Helms' double in the left field corner. Rodriguez' single put runners at first base, and Helms scored the tying run when Dan Stucky smashed a ground ball that was misplayed in the Cougar infield.
UAB continued to threaten and loaded the bases with two outs, but Roberts struck out pinch hitter Josh Miljavac to end the rally.