April 20, 2004
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Rob Johnson went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 16-8 win over Texas-San Antonio on Tuesday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.
Johnson was part of a Cougar offensive attack which pounded out a season-high 22 hits. All but one Cougar starter recorded at least one hit in the game with six players pounding out at least two hits. In addition to Johnson, Stuart Musslewhite batted 4-for-6 with a double and two runs and extended his UH season- and career-best hitting streak to 12 consecutive games.
After falling behind 3-2 to the Roadrunners after the first three innings, the Cougars outscored UTSA 9-0 over the middle three innings on the way to third consecutive victory.
UH starter Matt Farrington collected his first collegiate win and improved to 1-1 in 2004 after holding UTSA to three runs off five hits with five strikeouts in five innings of work. UTSA starter Blake Brannon dropped to 1-3 after giving up four runs off six hits with a pair of strikeouts in four innings.
Chris Lewis went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs to lead UTSA, which rapped out 12 hits in the losing effort. Ryan Crew batted 2-for-3 with a pair of runs, and J.R. Voyles went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI.
The Cougars continue their season this weekend when they meet Conference USA rival in a three-game series at Cougar Field. That series begins with 7 p.m. games on both Friday and Saturday before wrapping up at noon Sunday. All three games can be heard live on over the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling the action. In addition, Friday's game can be heard on 88.3 KAXF FM.
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 Cougars struck quickly for the game's first runs in their first at-bat. After Travis Tully drew a leadoff walk, Johnson blasted a home run over the wall in left center to give UH a 2-0 lead.
UTSA took advantage of the long ball to grab its first lead in the third inning when Lucas Stewart blasted a three-run home run over the left center field wall.
However, UH regained the lead in the next half inning with two more runs. After a leadoff walk to Thanos Papavasiliou and a fly out, Logan laced a single to left field. Two batters later, Tully drew his second walk of the game, and Johnson plated Papavasiliou and Logan with a two-RBI single through the left side of the infield to give the Cougars a 4-3 lead.
The Cougars broke the game open in the fifth inning, thanks to three hits and an error. Roberts started the scoring with a solo home run over the left center field wall. After a double by Nick Bott, Logan lifted a hit into shallow center field and raced all the way to second base when no UTSA defender covered the bag. Logan then came around to score when Patrick Gaylord's grounder was misplayed, giving the Cougars a 7-3 lead.
In the sixth inning, the Cougars exploded for four more runs on five hits and another UTSA error. Johnson led off with his second home run of the day. After back-to-back singles from Cole Bruce and Musslewhite and a wild pitch put runners at second and third, Roberts crushed a double of the glove of UTSA shortstop Brooks Shankle to plate both runners. Three batters later, Logan laced an RBI-single to center field to plate Roberts and cap the Cougar scoring.
In the seventh inning, UH pushed its leads even more with two more runs. Johnson led off again with a double, moved to third on a UTSA error in the outfield and scored on Cole Bruce' sacrifice fly.
Musslewhite followed with a single, and Roberts moved him to third with his second double of the day before Papavasiliou's RBI-single scored Musslewhite. Roberts then scored on Bott's groundout.
In the eighth inning, the Cougars struck for another run. Tully and Dustin Kingsbury rapped out back-to-back one-out hits, and Tully scored on Bruce's RBI-single through the left side of the UTSA infield.
The Roadrunners cut into the lead in the bottom of the inning with three runs, thanks to J.R. Voyles' RBI-double, an RBI-single from Aaron Semper and Robbie Johns' double play, which allowed Voyles to score.
Patrick Gaylord capped the Cougar scoring on the day after reaching on a fielder's choice that allowed Papavasiliou to score.