April 13, 2004
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M raced out to a 6-0 lead after the first two innings and never looked back in taking an 8-1 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Tuesday at Olsen Field in College Station, Texas.
The Aggies (30-9) scored twice in the first inning and added four more runs in the second inning to sweep the regular-season series against the Cougars. No. 13 Texas A&M scored late to take an 8-7 win over UH on March 6 at Cougar Field.
Cougar starter Shea Hancock dropped to 0-3 after allowing four runs (three earned) off two hits and two walks with a strikeout in only one inning of work. A&M starter Robert Roy improved to 2-1 after holding the Cougars to only four hits with six strikeouts in five shutout innings.
Travis Tully went 2-for-5 with an RBI, and Thanos Papavasiliou came off the bench to bat 2-for-3 to lead the Cougar offense. Both Jake Stewart and Kevin Roberts saw their season-best 10-game hitting streaks snapped.
Cliff Pennington and Austin Boggs each went 3-for-5 to lead Texas A&M, which outhit the Cougars 11-7. Pennington scored twice and added two RBIs, while Boggs added a run and RBI. Craig Stinson and Coby Mavroulis recorded a pair of RBIs apiece in the winning effort.
The Cougars (14-21) return to action this weekend with a three-game series at Conference USA rival Saint Louis. The series begins at 7 p.m., Friday, continues at 1 p.m., Saturday and wraps up at noon, Sunday.
All three games can be heard live on KAXF 88.3 FM 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.
The Aggies struck for the game's first runs in their first at-bat when Austin Boggs' single into right field scored Erik Schindewolf, who drew a leadoff walk and Cliff Pennington scored on an infield groundout.
Texas A&M pushed its lead to 6-0 in the next inning with four runs off four hits. Erik Schindewolf drew a bases-loaded walk for the first run, and Pennington followed with a two-RBI single through the right side of the Cougar infield. After a fly ball, Craig Stinson laced an RBI-single through the left side of the infield to plate Schindewolf.
The score remained that way until the sixth inning when the Aggies struck for two more runs. Stinson's sacrifice fly to right field score Pennington, and Coby Mavroulis' RBI-double into right center plated Boggs for the second run.
In the seventh inning, the Cougars scratched for their lone run of the game. After pinch hitter Brett Logan drew a leadoff walk and moved to second base on a wild pitch, Travis Tully laced an RBI-single into left center.