Baseball Takes Win in Rain-Delayed Affair over Cincinnati on Saturday
April 24, 2004
HOUSTON - University of Houston pitchers Kevin Roberts, Justin Vaclavik and Brandon Roznovsky combined to strike out 18 batters and lead the Cougar Baseball team to a 7-6 win over Cincinnati on Saturday in the second game of a Conference USA series at Cougar Field.
Roberts tied the UH season-high and equaled a personal best with eight strikeouts in 3.2 innings, while Vaclavik and Roznovsky each struck out five batters in 2.2 innings of work apiece.
Vaclavik collected the win and improved to 1-1 after holding the Bearcats scoreless with only five hits. Entering the seventh inning with the bases loaded and only one out, Roznovsky forced a strikeout and groundout to end that threat and then struck out five of the next seven batters he faced to end the game and pick up his team-leading fifth save.
After falling behind 6-4 after the first four-and-a-half innings, the Cougars answered in the bottom of the fourth with four runs. After leading off with a single to center, Travis Tully moved all the way to third on Stuart Musslewhite's single up the middle and pulled the Cougars to within a run when UC center fielder Matt Ogden's throw to third base sailed into the Cougar dugout.
Roberts then blasted the first pitch he saw from Moll over the left field wall to give UH a 7-6 lead. That would be all the support that Vaclavik and Roznovsky would need to help lead the Cougars to their fifth straight win.
Travis Tully went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs to lead the Cougars offensively and extended his hitting streak to nine straight games. Musslewhite went 1-for-4 with a run to extend his hitting streak to a UH season- and career-best 14 straight games.
Cincinnati starter Aaron Moll dropped to 2-4 after allowing seven runs (six earned) off eight hits with four strikeouts in seven innings.
Brian Beltz went 3-for-5 with a run and RBI to lead the Bearcats, who outhit UH 12-8. Mark Muscenti, Drew Saylor and Erik Eitel each rapped out two hits in the losing effort.
The Cougars improved to 19-22 overall, 11-6 in C-USA play, while Cincinnati dropped to 8-30 overall, 2-15 in league action.
The Cougars wrap up the series against the Bearcats at noon, Sunday. The game can be heard live on over the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling the action. 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.
Cincinnati took an early lead in the second inning when Pat LeMasters lifted a solo home run over the right field wall.
After enduring a 1:23 rain delay in the bottom of the second inning, the Cougars came out of the back and scored four runs off three hits. Thanos Papavasiliou walked prior to the delay and moved to second on Nick Bott's walk coming out of the delay.
Brett Logan then laced an RBI-single to right center to score Papavasiliou, and Matt Farrington's RBI-single to right field scored Bott. Tully lifted a looping single into left center to score Logan and Farrington and give the Cougars a 4-1 lead.
In the third inning, the Bearcats pulled to within 4-2 when Jon DeLuca's fielder's choice scored Muscenti from third base.
Cincinnati regained the lead in the fourth inning with four runs of its own. Muscenti started the rally with an RBI-single, and Matt Ogden tied the score on a Cougar infield error. Steve Pickerell then blasted a two-run double into right center to give the Bearcats a 6-4 advantage. The score would not stay that way long as the Cougars rallied in the bottom of the frame.