May 7, 2005
HOUSTON - Brett Logan's RBI-single down the right-field line scored Kevin Roberts from third base in the bottom of the 13th inning and lifted the University of Houston baseball team to a 2-1 win over Saint Louis in the second game of a Conference USA series at Cougar Field.
The game proved to be a pitching duel with the Cougar hurlers coming out on top. UH starter Brad Lincoln and reliever Justin Vaclavik combined to strike out 21 SLU batters to set new school and C-USA single game records in the process.
Lincoln struck out a career-high 15 batters in 10.0 innings of work, the second-highest strikeout total in school history and trailing only the 16 strikeouts thrown by Brad Sullivan against Memphis (April 12, 2002) and Saint Louis (April 18, 2003).
The Clute, Texas, native struck out at least two batters in eight of the 10 innings he worked and retired 22 of the last 23 batters that he faced, including 15 straight during one stretch. Lincoln, who did not walk any hitters, also struck out two batters in five of the first six innings but did not pick up the decision as the Cougars rallied late into the night.
Vaclavik, who collected the win and improved to 3-1, held the Billikens to only one hit with six strikeouts in three innings of relief.
SLU reliever B.J. Rodrigue collected the loss for the second straight night and dropped to 0-3 after giving up one run off two hits and four walks with a strikeout in three innings.
Roberts went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI to lead a Cougar offense, which outhit Saint Louis 8-6. Junior outfielder Travis Tully went 1-for-6 and extended his hitting streak to nine straight games.
In the top of the 13th inning, Roberts was hit by a pitch from SLU reliever B.J. Rodrigue to lead off and moved all the way to third base when Bryan Tully faked a bunt and slapped a single through the left side of the SLU infield. After an intentional pass to Stephen Whalen and a SLU pitching change, Logan placed a slicing liner that landed just infield the right field line to score Roberts and send a weary crowd of 1,361 into hysterics.
The series wraps up at 11 a.m., Sunday, at Cougar Field. Fans should note that Sunday's game time was moved up two hours to avoid rain that is scheduled to move into the Houston area later in the afternoon.
That game can be heard live 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.
SLU grabbed the lead in the second inning when Bill Musselman smashed a solo homer to left field.
The score did not stay that way long as Kevin Roberts blasted the first pitch he saw from SLU starter Ryan Bird over the left-field wall to lead off the next half inning.
That would be all the scoring for the game until the Cougars' heroics in the bottom of the 13th inning.