May 17, 2005
HOUSTON - Freshman Kori Williams' pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Dustin Kingsbury from second base and lifted the University of Houston baseball team to a 3-2 win over No. 11 Rice on Tuesday night in the finale of the Sterling Bank Silver Glove Series at Cougar Field.
Kingsbury drew a walk to lead off the final frame and moved into scoring position following Brian Temko's sacrifice bunt. After an intentional pass to Matt Farrington, Williams fought off a 1-2 pitch from Rice reliever Lance Pendleton for a looping fly ball into shallow left field to score Kingsbury and hand the Cougars the win.
The Owls appeared to grab the momentum in the top of the eighth inning and after tying the game with back-to-back doubles from Joe Savery and Adam Rodgers to lead off the frame. Rice continued to threaten with the go-ahead run on third base with two outs, but junior reliever Justin Vaclavik forced Danny Lehmann to fly out to left field to end the threat.
With the win, the Cougars avoided the Series sweep at the hands of the Owls and moved to the .500 mark at 26-26 for the first time all season. Rice dropped to 36-16 overall with the loss.
Savery went 2-for-4 with two runs and a pair of doubles to lead the Owls.
Vaclavik collected the win and improved to 4-2 after pitching 1.1 innings of perfect relief. Pendleton dropped to 4-3 after giving up one run off two hits with a strikeout and two walks in 1.1 innings of work.
UH freshman starter Aaron Brown did not pick up the decision but was impressive in the no decision. The League City, Texas, native scattered two runs off three hits with four strikeouts in a career-best seven innings during his fifth straight midweek start.
The Cougars placed five players on the All-Series team with pitcher Kevin Roberts, first baseman Brad Lincoln, second baseman Bryan Pounds, third baseman Stephen Whalen and Travis Tully being named to the squad. Tully was named to the All-Series Team for the second time after being honored in 2003.
Rice infielder Greg Buchanan was honored as the Series' Most Outstanding Player.
The Cougars wrap up their regular season when they play host to Southern Miss in a Conference USA series starting Thursday at Cougar Field. That series begins with 7 p.m. games on Thursday and Friday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Saturday.
Thursday's and Friday's games can be heard live on KLVL 1480 AM while Saturday's game will be broadcast on KGBC 1540 AM. All three games can be heard live 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.
With this being the final weekend of Conference USA play, fans and media should note that the series was moved up a day earlier than the regular schedule to accommodate team travel to the 2005 C-USA Tournament.
The Cougars grabbed the lead in the fourth inning with a pair of runs. After Roberts was hit by a pitch, Lincoln blasted an 0-1 offering from Rice starter Bobby Bell over the left-field wall.
The score stayed that way until the sixth inning when Rice cut the lead in half, thanks to an RBI-single to right field from Adam Hale.
2005 STERLING BANK SILVER GLOVE ALL-SERIES TEAM
P - Lance Pendleton, Rice; P - Kevin Roberts, Houston; P - Bobby Bell, Rice; C - Danny Lehmann, Rice; 1B - Brad Lincoln, Houston; 2B - Bryan Pounds, Houston; 3B - Stephen Whalen, Houston; SS - Josh Rodriguez, Rice; OF - Adam Hale, Rice; OF - Tyler Henley, Rice; OF - Travis Tully, Houston; Wild Card - Joe Savery, Rice; Most Outstanding Player - Greg Buchanan, Rice.