May 10, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Keith Stein Jr.'s RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 6-6 tie and lifted Texas A&M to a 7-6 win over the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday at Olsen Field.
The Aggies (29-20) scored three runs during their final two at bats to reverse a 6-4 deficit and win the regular-season series against the Cougars. Andrew Baldwin led off with a single in the bottom of the eighth and stole second base. After a groundout moved the Aggie runner to third base, Stein Jr. sent a line drive into left field to score Baldwin and send most of the crowd of 5,253 into hysterics.
With the loss, the Cougars (23-25) saw their season-best five game winning streak come to an end.
The loss spoiled the performance of Cougar junior infielder Kevin Roberts who went 2-for-2 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs. Freshman outfielder Bryan Tully went 2-for-5 with a run, and freshman infielder Bryan Pounds batted 2-for-4 with a run in the losing effort. Junior outfielder Travis Tully went 0-for-3 and saw his season-high 11-game hitting streak come to an end.
UH reliever Austin Sumerlin collected the loss and dropped to 0-1 after giving up one run off a hit with two strikeouts in 0.1 innings of work. Texas A&M reliever Clayton Turner improved to 4-3 with the win after holding the Cougars scoreless in the eighth inning. Aggie closer Kevin Whelan picked up his fourth save after retiring the Cougar side in order in the ninth inning.
Brandon Glover and Andrew Baldwin each went 4-for-4 with Glover scoring a run with two RBIs and Baldwin adding two runs and an RBI to lead the Aggies, who outhit the Cougars 11-9.
The Cougars continue their season when they meet Conference USA rival Charlotte in a three-game series at Tom and Lib Phillips Field in Charlotte, N.C. That series begins at 5 p.m. (CDT) Friday, continues at 1 p.m. (CDT), Saturday and wraps up at 11 a.m. (CDT), Sunday.
Friday's game can be heard live on KLVL 1480 AM while both Saturday's and Sunday's contests will be broadcast on KGBC 1540 AM. All three games can be heard on the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former UH letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action.
In addition, fans can follow all the play-by-play action by clicking on the Gametracker link at www.UHCougars.com.
The Cougars struck for a pair of runs in their first at bat. After Brian Tully laced a leadoff single into right field, Kevin Roberts blasted a towering home run over the left-field wall for a 2-0 UH lead.
The Aggies wasted little time in taking advantage of two costly Cougars in their first at bat to grab the lead. Andrew Baldwin's triple down the right-field line plated Brandon Glover from second base, and Baldwin scored one batter later on a two-out, Cougar infield error. Austin Boggs then gave the Aggies the lead with a looping fly ball that fell into shallow center field, allowing Pouk to score.
After Boggs stole second base to move into scoring position, the Cougars' second error of the inning on a routine ground ball allowed Boggs to score the third unearned run of the frame and give the Aggies a 4-2 lead.
UH cut that deficit in half in the third inning with a run off a hit. After being hit by a pitch and moving to second following Kevin Roberts' walk, Travis Tully scored when Dustin Kingsbury laced an RBI-single into right field.
In the fifth inning, Roberts struck again with his second home run of the night - a solo shot -- to tie the game at 4-4.
The Cougars regained the lead in the sixth inning with a pair of runs off four hits. Brian Temko led off with a single, and pinch runner Mark McGonigle moved to second base following Bryan Pounds' swinging-bunt single. After Brett Logan's sacrifice bunt moved both runners up a base, pinch hitter Matt Farrington laced a single into left field to plate both runners and give the Cougars a 6-4 lead.
The score stayed that way until the seventh inning when the Aggies plated two more runs. Stein Jr. led off with an infield single and moved to second base following a wild pitch. Following an intentional walk to Cliff Pennington, Glover lifted a looping double into shallow left center field to score both runners. That set the stage for Stein Jr.'s heroics in the eighth inning.