Baseball Falls in USF Series Opener on Friday
April 22, 2005
HOUSTON - Junior outfielder Travis Tully went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI, but it would not be enough as USF took a 6-2 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Friday in the opener of a Conference USA series at Cougar Field.
The Bulls (24-19, 10-5 C-USA) jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first three-and-a-half innings and never looked back in winning for the third time during their last four games at Cougar Field. The Cougars (16-21, 7-8 C-USA) managed only single runs in the fifth and seventh innings for their lone offense off the game.
UH starter Matt Farrington dropped to 6-2 after giving up three runs off seven hits in five innings of work. USF starter Casey Hudspeth improved to 7-3 after holding the Cougars to two runs off eight hits with nine strikeouts in 7.1 innings.
Joey Angelberger, Matt McHargue and Dexter Butler each rapped out three hits to lead USF, which outhit the Cougars 12-8. Angelberger and Butler also chipped in with a game-high two RBIs apiece.
The series continues at 7 p.m., Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Sunday at Cougar Field. Both games can be heard live on KGBC 1540 AM. In addition, all games can be heard on the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action.
USF grabbed the early lead in the second inning when Joey Angelberger's RBI-single to center field scored Brad Karns from third base.
Two innings later, the Bulls doubled their lead when Angelberger's RBI-double to the wall in right center plated Tim Orlosky.
In the fifth inning, Dexter Butler's infield single allowed Bryan Hierlmeier to race in from third base and give the Bulls a 3-0 lead.
The Cougars put their mark on the scoreboard in the fifth inning. Chris Joseph led off with a double to left field and came all the way around to score when Travis Tully blasted a double to the wall in left center.
USF added another insurance run in the seventh inning when Matt McHargue scored from second base after an RBI-single from Butler.
Kevin Roberts pulled the Cougars to within 4-2 in the bottom of the inning after blasting a 1-2 offering from Hudspeth over the wall in right center.
However, that would be as close as UH would get the rest of the way. In the ninth inning, Brian Baisley's RBI-single up the middle scored pinch runner Jeremy Brand from second base, and Baisley eventually scored on a fielder's choice for the final score.