April 23, 2005
HOUSTON - Sophomore right-hander Brad Lincoln struck out a career-high 13 batters to help lead the University of Houston baseball team to an 8-2 win over Conference USA rival USF on Saturday in the middle game of a three-game series at Cougar Field.
After falling behind early, the Cougars took advantage of three hits and two USF errors to put six runs on the scoreboard in the sixth inning and never looked back.
Although he scattered nine hits over eight innings of work, Lincoln allowed only two runs in the third inning off a homer by Tim Orlosky. The Clute, Texas, native struck out at least one batter every inning and retired two batters on strikes in five of the final six frames to earn the win and improved to 4-5.
With his strikeout total, Lincoln posted double-digit strikeouts for the first time in his career, topping his previous single-game high of nine set against UAB on March 27, 2005. He also set a new UH season-high by any Cougar hurler, topping Kevin Roberts' 10 strikeouts against UAB on March 26, 2005.
Junior outfielder Travis Tully went 2-for-5 with a run, while sophomore shortstop Dustin Kingsbury bated 2-for-4 with a run, double and two RBIs to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 11 straight games.
With the win, UH head coach Rayner Noble moved into a tie with former head coach Rolan Walton as the winning coach in school history with 378 career wins.
USF starter Yuri Higgins collected the loss and dropped to 2-2 after giving up three runs off two hits with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
Orlosky went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs, while Bryan Hierlmeier batted 2-for-5 for the Bulls, who outhit the Cougars 10-7 but were the victims of four errors in the field. Brandin Daniel also batted 2-for-4 with a run in the losing effort.
The rubber match of the series begins at 1 p.m., Sunday. That game can be heard live on KGBC 1540 AM or 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 third inning when Orlosky blasted a two-run homer to right field. However, those would be the only runs the Bulls would score the rest of the way off Lincoln and freshman reliever Chris Wright.
In the sixth inning, the Cougars broke through with six runs off three hits and a pair of costly errors. Making his first collegiate start in right field, Bryan Tully started the rally with a walk and moved to second base following Travis Tully's single through the right side, UH's first hit of the game. After Matt Farrington advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt, Kingsbury blasted a double off the wall in right field to plate both runners and tie the game at 2-2.
Following a USF pitching change, the Cougar rally continued as Kingsbury scored and Lincoln reached on the first of two Bull errors in the inning. Roberts then slapped a single through the right side of the infield to put runners on second and third. After a walk to Kori Williams loaded the bases, Brett Logan reached and advanced to second and Lincoln and Roberts both came around to score on USF's second error for a 6-2 UH lead.
The Cougars added two more runs during their final at bat. After reaching on a fielder's choice and advancing on USF's fourth error of the night, Bryan Pounds moved to third on pinch hitter Mark McGonigle's single to center field. Brett Logan then lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to score Pounds.
Bryan Tully then slapped a single through the left side of the infield to score McGonigle and cap the Cougar scoring for the night.