Baseball Falls to Louisville in Rubber Match on Sunday
April 10, 2005
HOUSTON - University of Houston sophomore shortstop Dustin Kingsbury went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs to lead an offensive attack, which pounded out 14 hits, but it would not be enough as Louisville took a 10-6- win Sunday over the Cougars in the rubber match of a Conference USA series at Cougar Field.
After the Cougars (14-18, 6-5 C-USA) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the Cardinals (17-11, 7-4 C-USA) struck for five runs in the third inning and never looked back in winning the regular-season series.
In addition to Kingsbury, junior pitcher Kevin Roberts went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, and sophomore infielder Brad Lincoln batted 2-for-5 in the losing effort for the Cougars who outhit Louisville 14-12.
UL starter B.J. Rosenberg improved to 3-1 after holding the Cougars to two runs off six hits with six strikeouts in six innings of work. Roberts dropped to 3-2 after giving up five runs off five hits with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work, his shortest start of the season.
Louisville's Boomer Whiting went 3-for-5 with two runs, and J.T. LaFountain batted 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs for the Cardinals. Nick Haley also went 2-for-5 with a game-high three runs and two RBIs, while Ryan McKinnon blasted a three-run homer in the win.
The Cougars will take a break from non-conference action before continuing their 2005 C-USA schedule next weekend at No. 2 Tulane. That series begins at 6:30 p.m., Friday, continues at 2 p.m., Saturday and wraps up at 1 p.m., Sunday at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans.
Friday's game can be heard live on KLVL 1480 AM while Saturday's and Sunday's contests will be broadcast on KGBC 1540 AM. All three games can be heard live 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.
For the second straight game, the Cougars opened the game with two runs in their first at bat. Travis Tully led off with a single through the right side and moved into scoring position following Roberts' sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Kingsbury drew a two-out walk and stole second base.
Kori Williams then slapped a single into left field to plate both runners and hand the Cougars a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, the Cardinals grabbed the lead with five runs off four hits. Whiting led off with a single to center field and came all the way around to score on Nick Haley's double to deep center field. Two batters later, Jorge Castillo ripped a single up the middle to score Haley and tie the game at 2-2.
Three batters later, McKinnon gave UL the lead for good with a towering three-run homer over the left field wall.
In the sixth inning, the Cardinals pushed their advantage to 8-3, thanks to a ground ball by Haley that allowed McKinnon to score and LaFountain's two-run, two-out single.
The Cougars added two runs in the seventh inning when Stephen Whalen's looping single into shallow right field allowed Mark McGonigle to score from second base and Kingsbury's RBI-single up the middle scored Kevin Roberts.
UL added two more runs in the top of the ninth on a Cougar infield error and a double play which allowed Haley to score from third base. In the bottom of the frame, the Cougars staged a rally, scoring twice on an RBI-single from Kingsbury and Brian Temko's RBI-double down the right-field line. However, that could be as close as the Cougars would get the rest of the way.