April 9, 2006
HOUSTON - Senior outfielder Matt Weston went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, and freshman righthander Luis Flores struck out eight over 7.1 innings to lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 6-2 win over No. 18 Tulane on Sunday in the finale of a Conference USA series at Cougar Field.
The Cougars jumped out with three runs in their first at bat and never trailed again. The Green Wave rallied to pull to within a run in the third inning before UH doubled its lead with another run in the fourth inning. The score would remain that way until the seventh inning when Weston's fourth home run of the week in the eighth inning broke iced the win.
Flores was impressive as he improved to 3-2 on the mound. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native struck out eight batters - one short of his career high - in 7.1 innings while holding the Green Wave to only two runs off five hits in 7.1 innings.
Flores retired the first eight batters that he faced to start the game and would later retired 10 straight midway through the game to collect the victory.
Tulane starter Stephen Porlier picked up the loss and fell to 4-3 after giving up four runs off four hits with four strikeouts in three innings.
Shortstop Cat Everett went 2-for-4 to lead the Green Wave offensively, while outfielder Matt Riser posted a team-high two RBIs.
With the win, the Cougars won the regular-season series against the Green Wave. UH improved to 21-14 overall and 7-2 in C-USA games, one game behind league leader Rice. Tulane fell to 20-14 overall and 3-6 in league play.
The Cougars return to action at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, when they face McNeese State at Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles, La. This will be the second time in an eight-day span that UH has faced the Cowboys after claiming a 12-8 win on April 4 at Cougar Field.
That game can be heard live over the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also can follow play-by-play action by clicking on the "Live Stats" link on the schedule at www.UHCougars.com.
The Cougars struck for three runs in their first at bat. Jake Stewart was hit by a pitch to lead off and moved to third following a walk to Isa Garcia. After Dustin Kingsbury drew a walk to load the bases, Brad Lincoln lifted a sacrifice fly into right field for a 1-0 UH lead. Two batters later, Weston laced a double into right field to plate both runners for a 3-0 UH lead.
The score remained that way until the third inning when Riser smashed a two-run homer to right field.
The Cougars pushed their lead back to two runs in the fourth inning. Brett Logan led off with a double down the left-field line and moved to third on Stewart's looping single into shallow center field. Two batters later, Kingsbury grounded out to short, but not before Logan raced in from third base for a 4-2 UH lead.
In the seventh inning, the Cougars broke the game open with two more runs. After Josh Stirneman led off with a double down the left-field line, Weston smashed an 0-1 offering to right center to ice the game.