Cho Leads Baseball to Big Win over Southwest Texas State
April 8, 2003
HOUSTON - Hyung Cho went 4-for-5 with two home runs, two doubles, four RBIs and five runs to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 14-6- win over Southwest Texas State on Tuesday at Cougar Field.
Cho tied two UH single-game records with five runs and four extra-base hits and blasted two home runs in a game for the second time this season. He smacked two homers in the Cougars' 7-3 win at Sam Houston State on March 25.
The Toronto, Canada, native became the eighth player and the first since Goefrey Tomlinson against Charlotte on May 18, 1997, to score five runs in a game. Tyson Schweitzer was the last player to blast four extra-base hits in one game, ripping two doubles and two homers against Ohio State on March 14, 1999.
Cho was just part of a UH offensive attack, which scored 14 runs on 13 hits - including seven for extra bases -- in the game. Travis Tully went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, while Brett Logan batted 2-for-4 with a run. Thanos Papavasiliou added three RBIs, and Matt Farrington and Stuart Musslewhite each chipped in with two RBIs.
UH reliever Bryan Harris collected his first win of the season and improved to 1-0 after allowing only one walk in one inning. SWT reliever Gabe Wisneski dropped to 1-2 this season after giving up four runs off four hits in 1.1 innings of work.
The Cougars took the lead in their first at-bat when Cho blasted an 0-1 offering over the left field wall for his team-leading sixth homer of the year.
Southwest Texas State knotted the game in the second inning on Jarrett Williams' RBI-single to score Mark Cooper, who led off with a single up the middle. One inning later, the Bobcats took the lead with another run on Jacob Spencer's sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Ignacio Suarez, who led off with a double to left center.
UH regained the lead in the bottom of the frame with three straight hits, including two for extra bases. Tully started the rally with a single to left center and moved all the way to third base on Cho's double down the left field line. Papavasiliou then followed with another two-bagger down the third-base line.
After a walk to Brian Martin and infield groundout put runners on second and third, Musslewhite blasted a double off the left field wall to score two more and give the Cougars a 5-2 lead after three innings.
But the Bobcats tied the game again at 5-5 with three runs off only one hit, three walks and a hit batter. Dominic Ramos and Suarez each lifted sacrifice flies to center field and Williams was hit with the bases loaded.
UH erupted for five runs in the bottom of the frame. Logan led off with a bunt single down the third base line and moved to second base on Michael Bourn's sacrifice. After a looping single into right field by Tully, Cho scored Logan with a double down the right field line.
Tully then scored on a Bobcat wild pitch. After another walk to Martin, Farrington laced a triple down the first base line to score Martin and Cho. Musslewhite then walked and Nick Bott's RBI-single to left field plated Farrington and gave the Cougars a comfortable 10-5 lead.
UH added to that advantage in the fifth inning with a pair of unearned runs, thanks to Papavasiliou's sacrifice fly and one of four Bobcat errors in the frame.
In the seventh inning, Cho blasted his second homer of the game, scoring Gabe Lucas who reached on a walk.
SWT added a single run in the eighth inning on Spencer's infield groundout for the final run of the game.
Marc Coles went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs to lead Southwest Texas State, while Spencer and Williams added two RBIs apiece.
The Cougars return to action this weekend as they travel east on Interstate 10 to meet Conference USA rival Tulane in a three-game series at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans. That series begins at 6:30 p.m., Friday and continues at 2 p.m., Saturday before wrapping up at 1 pm., Sunday.
Fans can catch the action from all three games 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.