May 14, 2005
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cory Lane's RBI-single in the bottom of the 12th inning scored O'Brien Taylor from second base and lifted Charlotte to an 8-7 win over the University of Houston baseball team Saturday in the second game of a Conference USA series at Tom and Lib Phillips Field.
After Taylor led off the final inning with a single up the middle and moved to second base following Chris Lane's sacrifice bunt, Lane laced a one-out single up the middle to score Taylor and split the first two games of the regular-season series.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 24-26 overall and 14-11 in C-USA play. Combined with East Carolina's 8-6 win at UAB on Saturday afternoon, Houston dropped into fifth place in the latest C-USA standings.
The loss spoiled an impressive comeback by the Cougars who trailed 7-1 after six innings before rallying to knot the game at 7-7 with six runs off five hits in the seventh inning. However, those would be the only runs that that Cougars would score the rest of the way.
In the seventh inning, Brett Logan led off with a double down the left-field line and scored when Mark McGonigle followed with a double of his own to left center. Travis Tully slapped a single through the right side to put runners at first and third and then stole second base.
After a walk to Bryan Tully loaded the bases, Dustin Kingsbury drew another walk to force in a run. Brad Lincoln then grounded out to first base, but not before McGonigle scored from third base to trim the deficit to 7-3. Kevin Roberts then blasted a two-run double down the left-field line to score both Tullys and put runners at second and third base.
Matt Farrington then laced a two-run single into left field to tie the game at 7-7 and cap the comeback.
Charlotte reliever Erik Walker picked up the win after holding the Cougars to only two runs off five hits with a pair of strikeouts in six innings. The righthander did not allow any runs after the seventh inning, though.
UH reliever Justin Vaclavik collected the loss and dropped to 3-2 after allowing one run of four hits with four strikeouts in 3.1 innings.
The game proved to be an offensive slugfest, as both teams combined for 15 runs off 32 hits. Kingsbury went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI to lead the Cougars. Travis Tully batted 2-for-6 with a run and double, while Roberts went 2-for-6 with a run, double and two RBIs. Logan also batted 2-for-5 with a run and double. Bryan Tully went 0-for-3 with a run to see his hitting streak snapped at nine games.
Adam Willard batted 4-for-6 with a run and two RBIs, while Kris Rochelle went 4-for-6 with a run and RBI to top the 49ers. Lane finished the night 3-for-6 with two runs and an RBI, and Mike Ambrose batted 3-for-6 with two runs. Taylor went 3-for-5 with a run, double and two RBIs, while DH Garrett Hanselman batted 2-for-5 with an RBI.
The series wraps up at 11 a.m. (CDT) Sunday. That game can be heard live on KGBC 1540 AM or 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 49ers grabbed the early lead in the third inning with four runs off four hits. Willard and Rochelle each rapped out RBI-singles, and Taylor provided the big blast with a two-run double down the right field line to hand the 49ers their first lead of the series.
Charlotte pushed its lead to 6-0 in their next at-bat, thanks to another RBI-single from Willard and a Cougar infield error.
The Cougars finally put their mark on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. After leading off with a single into left field, Kingsbury advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Following a Charlotte pitching change, Farrington laced a double down the right-field line to plate Kingsbury and trim the deficit to 6-1.
However, the 49ers answered in their next at bat with a run of their own on Rochelle's RBI-single to push their lead to 7-1.