May 23, 2003
NEW ORLEANS - East Carolina starter Jason Tourangeau allowed only one hit to lead the Pirates to a 5-0 win over the University of Houston baseball team Friday in an elimination game at the Conference USA Tournament at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans.
Tourangeau, who had thrown only 14.2 innings all season entering Friday's contest, held the Cougars hitless until two outs in the fifth inning when Stuart Musslewhite slapped the Cougars' lone hit into left field. The senior righthander improved to 2-1 after giving up only one hit with one strikeout in the complete-game win and retired 13 of the last 15 batters that he faced to end the game.
Tourangeau set a new C-USA Tournament record for the fewest hits allowed in nine innings. He moved past the old record of two hits, set by former Cougar Shane Nance against Saint Louis during the 1999 C-USA Tournament.
It was the second time this season that the Cougars were held to only one hit. Rice held UH to only one hit on April 1 in an 11-0 win at Reckling Park with Musslewhite, ironically, rapping out the Cougars' lone hit in the loss.
With the loss, the Cougars (32-27) were eliminated from the C-USA Tournament with a 1-2 record and must now hope for an at-large bid to reach their fifth consecutive NCAA Regional. The Cougars will learn their postseason fate during the NCAA Regional Selection Show at 11:30 a.m., Monday, on ESPN2.
UH starter Garrett Mock dropped to 5-4 after giving up four runs off six hits with three strikeouts and a walk in five innings.
Adam Witter batted 2-for-3 with a run, home run and three RBIs to lead ECU, which recorded eight hits in the win. Jake Smith went 2-for-2 with a run and RBI.
East Carolina struck for the game's first runs in the second inning when Adam Witter blasted a two-run homer over the right field wall.
ECU doubled its lead in the sixth inning with two more runs. Adam Witter laced an RBI-single through the right side of the infield to score Ryan Norwood, who led off the frame with a single to right field. Darryl Lawhorn scored the Pirates' second run of the inning on Mark Minicozzi's groundout for a 4-0 ECU lead.
The Pirates added another insurance run in the eighth inning when pinch runner Brian Cavanaugh scored from third base on a wild pitch for the final margin of victory.