April 8, 2005
HOUSTON - University of Houston junior southpaw Matt Farrington retired the first 19 batters that he faced and combined with sophomore reliever Shea Hancock on a one-hitter to lead the Cougar Baseball team to a 5-1 win over Louisville on Friday night in the opener of a Conference USA series at Cougar Field.
Farrington, who improved to 6-1 with the win, did not allow a baserunner until Nick Haley reached on a UH infield error with one out in the seventh inning. J.T. LaFountain then followed with a sharp single into right field for the Cardinals' lone hit of the night.
The Sugar Land, Texas, native struck out three batters and dropped his team-leading ERA to 2.15. The Cougars struck for five runs through the first three innings, giving Farrington all the run support that he would need the rest of the night.
UL starter Trystan Magnuson picked up the loss and dropped to 2-3 after giving up five runs (four earned) off six hits with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
UH sophomore infielder Brad Lincoln went 2-for-4 with two runs, a triple and RBI to extend his hitting streak to a career-best eight consecutive games. Travis Tully also went 2-for-3 with a run for the Cougars, who rapped out nine hits, including four for extra bases.
The series continues at 7 p.m., Saturday, before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Sunday. Both games can be heard live on KGBC 1540 AM or on the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action.
In addition, fans can follow the action by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
The Cougars struck for the game's first runs in their first at bat. Brad Lincoln laced a single through the right side and came all the way around to score when Dustin Kingsbury blasted a triple down the right-field line. Kingsbury then gave the Cougars a 2-0 advantage when an errant throw in the UL infield trying to nail Kingsbury at third base went awry.
UH pushed its lead to 5-0 in the third inning. Tully led off with a walk and came around to score when Lincoln ripped a triple into right center. Two batters later, Kori Williams plated Lincoln with an RBI-single through the right side of the infield. Brett Logan followed with a double into right center to score Williams and hand the Cougars a 5-0 lead.
In the eighth inning, the Cardinals took advantage of back-to-back walks off Farrington with one out and scored their lone unearned run of the game when Derrick Alfonso scored from second base following a groundout and the second UH error of the night.