April 24, 2007
VICTORIA, Texas - Junior outfielder Jimmy Cesario went 3-for-4 to lead an offensive attack that blasted three home runs as the University of Houston baseball team enjoyed a 5-2 win Tuesday night over Texas-San Antonio at Riverside Stadium.
Junior infielder Bryan Pounds started the Cougar slugfest with a solo homer in the third inning, while sophomore catcher Luis Flores and freshman outfielder Zak Presley blasted back-to-back shots to break the game open in the sixth inning.
Although he did not hit a long ball, Cesario went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to a career- and UH-season-best 18 straight games. It tied with J.P. Woodward and Jason Woodward for the fifth longest in school history and was the longest streak since former outfielder Travis Tully hit safely in 21 straight games from April 10-May 21, 2004.
Ryan Lormand also batted 2-for-5 with a stolen base and RBI to lead the Cougars who outhit the Roadrunners 10-6.
Meanwhile, freshman southpaw Donnie Joseph allowed only two runs off four hits with a pair of strikeouts in career-best six innings of work to collect his first collegiate win. The Buda native evened his season record at 1-1.
Sophomore reliever Barry Laird collected his second save during the last three days after limiting the Roadrunners to a hit with a pair of strikeouts in the final 1.2 shutout innings.
UTSA starter Ryan Proudfoot collected the loss and fell to 3-2 after giving up five runs off eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts in five innings.
Trent Lockwood went 2-for-4 with a run and two doubles, while Ryan Saltzgaber batted 2-for-4 with an RBI in the losing effort.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 23-17 overall and earned their fourth straight win, while Texas-San Antonio fell to 24-18.
The Cougars, who are ranked No. 28 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll, continue their Conference USA schedule this weekend when they travel to Charleston, W.Va., to meet Marshall for a three-game series. That series begins with 6 p.m. (CDT) games on both Friday and Saturday at Appalachian Power Park before wrapping up at 10 a.m. (CDT), Sunday.
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The Roadrunners grabbed the first lead of the game when Zach Etheredge's sacrifice fly to right field scored Lockwood, who led off with a double to center field.
The Cougars answered in the next half inning with two runs of their own. Flores led off with a walk and moved into scoring position following Zak Presley's sacrifice bunt. After Bryan Tully laced a single into right field to put runners on the corners, Lormand's infield single allowed both runners to move up a base. Lormand and Tully then teamed up on a double steal to hand the Cougars a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth inning, the Roadrunners knotted the game at 2-2 when Saltzgaber's looping fly ball fell into shallow center field, scoring Tim Palincsar from third base.
Again, the Cougars answered in their next at-bat, reclaiming a 3-2 lead when Pounds smashed a 2-0 offering from Proudfoot over the left-field wall.
The Cougars pushed their lead to 5-2 in the sixth inning when Flores and Presley combined to smash back-to-back home runs to left field. They became the first UH duo since 2006 National Player of the Year Brad Lincoln and All-South Central Region outfielder Matt Weston accomplished that feat against Oklahoma at the 2006 NCAA Norman Regional on June 3, 2006.