Early Runs Spell Doom for Baseball against South Florida
May 4, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - For the second straight night, South Florida scored runs often and early on the way to a 9-2 win over the University of Houston on Saturday in the middle game of a Conference USA series at Cougar Field.
The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday in the series finale at Cougar Field. Fans can hear the action on KGBC Radio 1540 AM or through the Internet at www.kgbcradio.cc.
The Cougars (33-14, 15-7) will look to avoid being swept for only the second time in school history and the first time on their home field as C-USA members. UH also dropped into a first-place tie with Southern Mississippi, which won the first two games of its series against Memphis.
South Florida starter Jon Uhl scattered four hits and two runs in a complete-game victory to improve to 6-4 this season. UH starter Austin Faught dropped to 1-3 after giving up five hits and five runs in three innings of work.
Junior Brett Cooley extended his hitting streak to a UH season-best 18 straight games with a single in the fourth inning, while UH reliever Ryan Wagner tossed seven strikeouts, one short of his career best in five innings.
The Bulls (27-20, 13-10) scored first when Devin Ivany's RBI-triple plated Mike Barclay in the third inning. One inning later, USF took advantage of two hits and a Cougar infield error to score two unearned runs and push its advantage to 3-0.
USF broke the game open in the fourth inning with three more runs and added another run in the fifth inning on a wild pitch for an 8-0 lead.
The Cougars struck for two runs in the fifth inning on Keith Whatley's two-RBI single up the middle, but that would be as close as UH would get for the rest of the night. In the eighth inning, the Bulls scored two more runs on Mike Barclay's two-RBI single to center field after two Cougar infield errors and a walk put the runners on base.