Baseball Wins Series Opener vs. Tulane
May 20, 2004
HOUSTON - Kevin Roberts, Matt Farrington and Brandon Roznovsky combined to hold 11th-ranked Tulane to only four hits in the final five innings to help lift the University of Houston baseball team to a 3-2 win over the Green Wave in the opener of a Conference USA series on Thursday at Cougar Field.
After Tulane tied the game in the fifth inning on Wes Swackhamer's two-out, two RBI-single, the Cougars took advantage of two hits and two key Green Wave errors in the bottom of the frame to break a 2-2 tie.
That would be all the run support that the Cougar relievers would need to break a three-game losing skid to the Green Wave and lift UH to its first .500-plus record of the season since the first game of the season on Feb. 13. Roberts earned the win to improve to 5-4 after holding Tulane to only three hits with three strikeouts in 2.2 shutout innings.
Farrington kept the Tulane offense in check with only one hit in the final 1.2 innings, and Roznovsky retired the only two batters that he faced to earn his team-leading eighth save of the season.
Rob Johnson went 2-for-3 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 consecutive games. In addition to his pitching prowess, Robert batted 2-for-4 with a run to lead the Cougar offense, which outhit Tulane 10-8.
Travis Tully took advantage of an infield bunt single in his first at bat to extend his career- and UH season-best hitting streak to 21 straight games. That is the fourth longest streak in school history and only one game away from tying Brett Cooley for the third longest.
Tulane starter Brian Bogusevic dropped to 8-5 after allowing three runs (two earned) off 10 hits with four strikeouts in eight innings.
Wes Swackhamer went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Greg Dini batted 2-for-5 for the Green Wave in the losing effort.
The Cougars continue the series at 7 p.m., Friday at Cougar Field. The game can be heard live 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.
Junior righthander Garrett Mock (3-5, 4.08) is scheduled to throw for the Cougars, while Tulane is slated to throw freshman righthander Daniel Latham (4-2, 4.50).
The Cougars struck for the game's first run in their first at-bat. After being hit by a pitch to lead off the game, Jake Stewart moved to second on Tully's infield bunt single. Both runners moved up a base on a groundout, and Stewart raced in from third base on Johnson's sacrifice fly into shallow right field.
In the fourth inning, the Cougars pushed their lead to 2-0. After leading off with a single through the left side of the infield, Roberts moved to second on Nick Bott's sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Thanos Papavasiliou laced an RBI single up the middle for UH's second run.
Tulane knotted the game in the top of the fifth on Swackhamer's two-out, two-RBI single up the middle.
The Cougars broke the tie in their next at bat, thanks to two hits and a pair of Tulane errors. After lacing a single into right field, Cole Bruce moved to second on Rob Johnson's single to center field to load the bases. Roberts hit a ground ball back to Bogusevic, who fielded it and threw to catcher Greg Dini. However, Dini's throw to first base went down the right field line, allowing Bruce to score and capping all runs for the evening.