April 19, 2005
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Making his first collegiate start, freshman righthander Aaron Brown did not allow any hits and faced only one batter over the minimum in five innings of work to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 6-2 win over area-rival Sam Houston State on Tuesday afternoon at Holleman Field.
Brown, a native of League City, Texas, allowed only one baserunner on a walk through the first five innings and retired the first 10 batters that he faced during a career-high five innings. With the win, he earned his first career decision and improved to 1-0 while lowering his ERA more than three runs in the process.
Brown was part of a dominating pitching effort by the Cougars (16-20) who allowed only three hits in the game and saw both of SHSU's runs come on solo home runs from Jose Salazar and Karl Krailo in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. The Bearkats (14-23-2) did not record a hit until the seventh inning on a ground ball that bounced over the head of first baseman Brad Lincoln
Meanwhile, the Cougar offense responded with 12 hits, including four for extra bases. Sophomore shortstop Dustin Kingsbury went 4-for-5 with two runs, a double, home run and four RBIs and extended his hitting streak to a career-best nine straight games, second most by a Cougar during the 2005 season.
With the win, the Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 16-20 overall. Sam Houston State dropped to 14-23-2 with the loss.
The Cougars continue their 2005 Conference USA schedule when they meet USF in a three-game series at Cougar Field this weekend. The series begins with 7 p.m., games on both Friday and Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Friday's game will be broadcast on KLVL 1480 AM with Saturday's and Sunday's games airing live on KGBC 1540 AM. In addition, all three games can be heard on the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action.
The Cougars struck for the game's first runs in their first at bat. Travis Tully reached after a SHSU error in the outfield and moved all the way to third base after Kevin Roberts' single into left field. After a strikeout, Dustin Kingsbury laced a double into left field to plate Tully and hand the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
Kori Williams reached on a fielder's choice that kept runners on first and third. When Brian Temko's slow grounder in the infield was misplayed, Kingsbury raced in from second base for a 2-0 UH advantage.
The score stayed that way until the fifth inning when Roberts blasted a 1-2 offering from reliever Zach Duncan over the left field wall.
In the seventh inning, the Cougars pushed their lead to 4-0, thanks to a hit and SHSU error. Tully reached on an error to lead off, moved to second following a groundout and to third base after a wild pitch. Kingsbury then slapped an infield single up the middle to plate Tully.
SHSU got on the scoreboard in the eighth inning when Jose Salazar blasted a two-out, solo homer over the wall in right center.
However, the Cougars answered in the next half inning with two runs of their own, courtesy of Kingsbury's fifth homer of the season. SHSU capped the scoring for the day when Krailo blasted a solo homer over the right-field wall for the Bearkats' final run of the day.