May 15, 2004
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kevin Roberts and Brett Logan tied school single-game records with five hits apiece to lead the University of Houston baseball team to a 12-2 win in the first game of a Conference USA doubleheader on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky,
In the nightcap, Louisville rallied with five runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 7-5 win over the Cougars and split the twinbill. With the split, the Cougars clinched a berth in the 2004 C-USA Tournament presented by Sterling Bank at UH's own Cougar Field on May 26-30.
The Cougars wrap up the series with the rubber match against the Cardinals at noon (CDT) Sunday. The game can be heard live on 88.3 KAXF FM or over the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling the action. Fans can follow live stats at www.UHCougars.com by clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the bottom of the main page.
Roberts and Logan became the 20th and 21st players to pound out five hits in a single game. Roberts finished the first game 5-for-5 with a run, and two RBIs, while Logan went 5-for-6 with three runs and two RBIs.
However, they were just a small part of a potent Cougar offense, which pounded out 19 hits and drew eight walks in the first game. Cole Bruce went 2-for-5 with a home run, three runs and three RBIs, while Rob Johnson batted 2-for-6 with a run, double and RBI.
In the first game, UH starter Matt Varner improved to 7-3 after holding Louisville to only two runs (one earned) off four hits with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. It was the West Columbia, Texas, native's third consecutive win. Reliever Travis Mays earned his first career save after holding the Cardinals hitless over the final three innings with a career-best five strikeouts.
Louisville starter Brian Halford dropped to 6-5 after giving up eight runs off eight hits and six walks with two strikeouts in only 2.2 innings.
The Cougars jumped ahead in their first at-bat with a pair of runs. After drawing a walk and moving to second on Thanos Papavasiliou's single, Matt Farrington scored on Rob Johnson's two-out single through the right side of the UL infield. Kevin Roberts then laced an RBI-single to right field to plate Cole Bruce, who reached on a fielder's choice.
UH doubled its lead in their next at-bat. After leading off with a double to right center, Brett Logan moved to third on an errant pickoff throw. Patrick Gaylord drew a four-pitch walk and two batters later, Farrington's second walk of the day loaded the bases. Papavasilou drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in Logan, and a wild pitch from Halford allowed Gaylord to score and give the Cougars a 4-0 lead.
In the third inning, the Cougars again doubled their lead with four more runs. Kevin Roberts led off with a single to right field, moved to second following a wild pitch and scored on Logan's RBI-single to center field. After a walk to Gaylord, Tully lined a double down the right field line to score Logan.
Following Farrington's third walk in as many innings, Cole Bruce's double to right field plated Gaylord and Tully for an 8-0 Cougar lead.
The score remained that way until the fifth inning when Bruce blasted the first pitch he saw from reliever Scott Jenkins over the left field wall.
Louisville struck for its first runs in the sixth inning on Daniel Burton's sacrifice fly to right field and an RBI-single from Ryan McKinnon.
In the seventh inning, Bruce reached on a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Roberts then laced his fifth and final hit of the day through the right side to score Bruce and hand the Cougars a 10-2 lead.
One inning later, Tully laced a single into left field to plate Brett Logan, who led off with his fourth hit.
In the ninth inning, Johnson reached on a one-out single and moved to second on Bott's two-out hit. After both runners moved up on a wild pitch, Logan's infield single scored Johnson and capped the Cougar scoring for the day.
In the nightcap, the Cougars jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first seven inning before Louisville rallied with five runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to take the win. After Danny Plascencia was hit by a Brad Lincoln pitch and Boomer Whiting drew a walk, Mark Jurich blasted a 1-2 offering over the wall in right center to tie the game at 5-5.
Chris Cates followed with a walk, and after a pitching change, Nick Haley's single to right field put runners at first and second. Ron Braun then blasted a triple into the gap in left center to score both runners and cap the Cardinal comeback.
Lincoln, making his first appearance on the mound since April 10 due to a back injury, collected the loss and dropped to 3-2 after giving up four runs off one hit and two walks with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
Louisville reliever Griffin Bailey improved to 2-3 after holding the Cougars hitless in the final 1.2 shutout innings.
Jurich went 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs to lead the Cardinals, who outhit UH 10-9. Chris Cates went 3-for-4 with a run and Nick Haley batted 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in the winning effort.
Johnson batted 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs and Matt Farrington went 2-for-4 with a run and triple for the Cougars.
As the did in the opener, the Cougars wasted little time in putting their marks on the scoreboard, scoring three runs off four hits. Tully led off with a single and moved to second on a walk to Farrington. After a double play moved Tully to third, Cole Bruce walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Rob Johnson then blasted a home run to right field for a 3-0 Cougar lead.
Louisville answered in the bottom of the frame with three straight singles and scored its first run of the game on Nick Haley's RBI-single.
The score remained that way until the fifth inning. After Matt Farrington led off with a triple to left center, Papavasiliou's RBI-single down the left field line gave the Cougars a 4-1 lead.
The Cardinals cut into that deficit in the bottom of the inning when Haley scored on a passed ball.
In the eighth inning, the Cougars pushed their lead to 5-2 when Bruce's sacrifice fly into left field scored Patrick Gaylord, who led off with a walk.