April 16, 2003
HOUSTON - Making his first start of the year, UH southpaw Brian Henderson held top-ranked Rice to only four hits in five shutout innings to help lead the Cougars to a 5-1 win over the Owls on Wednesday in the finale of the 2003 Silver Glove Series at Cougar Field.
Henderson, who last started in 2001 as a true freshman, set a new career high in innings pitched and added three strikeouts to win his third straight game and improve to 3-2 this season.
Rice starter Steven Herce, making his second start of the season, allowed two runs off five hits and four walks and added three strikeouts in four innings but collected the loss to fall to 0-1.
Rice reliever Wade Townsend was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Silver Glove Series.
Cougar outfielder Gabe Lucas was named to the Silver Glove All-Series Team for the third consecutive year and was joined on that squad by teammates Henderson, Wagner, Tully and first baseman Thanos Papavasiliou.
UH struck for the game's first run and took its first lead in the 2003 Series in the second inning with a single run. After lacing a one-out single up the middle, Matt Farrington moved to third on Brian Martin's double down the left field line. Stuart Musslewhite then lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center field to score Farrington for a 1-0 Cougar lead.
One inning later, UH doubled its lead with another run. Kevin Roberts reached on an infield single to leadoff and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch from Herce. After a walk to Michael Bourn and intentional pass to Hyung Cho loaded the bases, Thanos Papavasiliou was hit by Herce offering to plate Roberts.
The score remained that way until the seventh inning when Rice posted its lone run of the game on Austin Davis' RBI-double that scored Craig Stansberry. The Owls continued to threaten in the frame and loaded the bases before Zell forced Jeff Jorgensen to pop up in the infield.
In the bottom of the frame, UH iced the game with a pair of runs. Nick Bott led off with a single to right field, and pinch runner Brad Sullivan moved into scoring position on Kevin Roberts' sacrifice bunt. Michael Bourn then blasted a double down the left field line to score Sullivan and scored on Tully's RBI-single up the middle.
Austin Davis went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Craig Stansberry went 2-for-4 with a run in the losing effort.
The Cougars return to action this weekend as they play host to Conference USA rival Saint Louis in a three-game series at Cougar Field. That series begins with 7 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Fans can catch the action 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.
2003 SILVER GLOVE ALL-SERIES TEAM
P - David Aardsma, Rice; P - Brian Henderson, Houston; P - Ryan Wagner, Houston; 1B - Vincent Sinisi, Rice; 2B - Enrique Cruz, Rice; 3B - Craig Stansberry, Rice; SS - Paul Janish, Rice; OF - Austin Davis, Rice; OF - Travis Tully, Houston; OF - Gabe Lucas, Houston; OF - Chris Kolkhorst, Rice; Wild Card - Thanos Papavasiliou, Houston. Most Outstanding Player - Wade Townsend, Rice