May 15, 2005
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A day after falling in extra innings, the University of Houston baseball team exacted some revenge Sunday afternoon with a 6-5 win in 11 innings over Charlotte in the finale of a Conference USA series at Tom and Lib Phillips Field.
The Cougars (25-26, 15-11 C-USA), who lost 8-7 in 12 innings to the 49ers on Saturday, took advantage of a two-out rally in the top of the 11th inning to win the season series against the 49ers. After pinch hitter Brian Temko blasted a double into right center, Brad Lincoln's single through the right-side of the Charlotte infield scored pinch runner Kori Williams.
A day after receiving his degree, UH reliever Gene Flores collected the win and improved to 2-4 after holding Charlotte to only three hits with four strikeouts in four shutout innings of work. Charlotte reliever Keith Moreland dropped to 4-4 after allowing one run off five hits with four strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Offensively, the Cougars continued their recent hot play, pounding out 14 hits in the contest. Junior outfielder Travis Tully went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles to lead the team. Sophomore infielder Brad Lincoln went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, while freshman outfielder Chris Joseph batted 2-for-4 with two runs and a triple.
Cory Lane went 3-for-6 with a run and triple to lead Charlotte, while Kris Rochelle batted 2-for-5 with two RBIs. O'Brien Taylor went 2-for-5 with two runs, and Alex Bryant finished the day 2-for-5 with an RBI in the losing effort.
The Cougars continue their 2005 season when they meet crosstown rival Rice at 7 p.m., Tuesday in Game Five of the annual Sterling Bank Silver Glove Series at Cougar Field. That 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 Cougars struck for the game's first run in their first at-bat. After back-to-back walks to Bryan Tully and Travis Tully to lead off the game, Kevin Roberts laced a one-out single up the middle to plate Bryan Tully and give UH a 1-0 lead.
UH doubled its lead in its next at bat off a pair of hits. Chris Joseph led off with an infield single and moved to second base following Bryan Pounds' single through the right side. After Cody Waller's sacrifice bunt, Mark McGonigle reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Joseph to score easily from third base.
Charlotte answered in the bottom of the second with two runs, thanks to a wild pitch and Alex Bryant's RBI-single.
UH regained the lead in the fourth inning with another single run. Chris Joseph blasted a triple to left center to lead off and scored three batters later on McGonigle's RBI-single through the left side of the infield.
In the fifth inning, the Cougars pushed their advantage to 4-2. After drawing a walk, Kevin Roberts moved to second base following a fielder's choice. Chris Joseph then hit into another fielder's choice on a double play attempt, and Roberts came around to score when the throw bounced in the dirt and Charlotte first baseman Kris Rochelle double-pumped on the throw home.
UH pushed its advantage to 5-2 in the seventh inning. Bryan Tully led off with a single up the middle and moved up another base on Travis Tully's bunt single. After Dustin Kingsbury's sacrifice bunt and Roberts was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Brad Lincoln lifted a sacrifice fly into left field to plate Bryan Tully.
Charlotte trimmed the Cougar lead to 5-4 in the seventh inning when Kris Rochelle's single into center field plated both Cory Lane and Adam Willard.
The 49ers tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth inning when Cory Lane's triple to right field scored O'Brien Taylor from first base.