May. 1, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas - Junior starter Kevin Roberts held No. 28 TCU to only one run in seven innings and then knocked in the tie-breaking run in the top of the eighth inning to lift the University of Houston baseball team to a 6-1 win over TCU Sunday in the finale of a Conference USA series at Lupton Stadium.
Roberts, who improved to 5-3 with the victory, struck out seven and scattered seven hits in taking the win. Offensively, the Pearland, Texas, native finished the day 1-for-5 with a run, RBI and double, but it would be a timely hit, knocking in Brad Lincoln from second base in the eighth inning.
The Cougars would add an insurance run later in that inning and then broke the game open with three runs in the top of the ninth inning, courtesy of Tully's RBI-double and a two-run homer from Lincoln.
Junior reliever Justin Vaclavik picked up his seventh save of the season after pitching a perfect 1.1 innings of relief.
Lincoln finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs to pace the Cougar offense, which outhit TCU 12-7. Freshman outfielder Kori Williams batted 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, and Tully went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI in the winning effort.
TCU starter Tim McGough collected his first loss of the season and dropped to 6-1 after allowing three runs (two earned) off eight hits with seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work.
TCU third baseman Shelby Ford went 2-for-4 and was the only Horned Frog batter with more than one hit in the game.
With the win, the Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak and ended a four-game losing skid to the Horned Frogs.
The Cougars continue their season at 7 p.m., Tuesday when they play host to city rival Texas Southern at Cougar Field. That game was a recent addition to UH's 2005 schedule after rain forced two cancellations earlier in the season.
That game can be heard live on KLVL 1480 AM and on the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also can follow all the action by clicking on the Gametracker link at www.UHCougars.com.
As the new addition to the schedule will replace a road game and was not a part of the original season-ticket package, season-ticket holders and all fans may purchase a general admission ticket for $5 (adults) and $3 (youth). There will be no reserved seating for the game against Texas Southern.
Tickets or a valid student ID will be required for admission to the game. Gates will open one hour before first pitch.
The Cougars jumped ahead in the third inning with a run on two hits. After leading off with a single to right center and moving to second base following Stephen Whalen's sacrifice bunt, Brett Logan gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead on Lincoln's RBI-single through the right side.
The score remained that way until the fourth inning when Chad Huffman scored from third base after J.J. Estrada grounded into a bases-loaded double play.
In the eighth inning, the Cougars grabbed the lead with two hits and a key TCU error. Lincoln moved all the way to third base after a ground ball down the third-base line got through the TCU infield. Roberts then helped his own cause with a double down the left-field line to plate Lincoln and hand the Cougars a 2-1 lead. After Roberts moved to third on a groundout, Williams gave the Cougars a 3-1 lead with a sharp single into left field.
In the ninth inning, the Cougars gave themselves an insurance run. Logan led off with a single into center field, moved to second following Whalen's sacrifice bunt and scored when Tully blasted an opposite-field double to left field.