May 30, 2003
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Alabama starter Brent Carter scattered three runs with eight strikeouts in nine innings to lead the Crimson Tide to a 9-3 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Friday in the first-round of the NCAA Regional at College Station at Olsen Field.
Carter, who was the losing pitcher in UH's 7-2 win on Feb. 15 at the Minute Maid Park College Classic, improved to 10-5 and tossed his sixth complete game of the season. After allowing three runs off five hits in the Cougars' second inning, he held UH to only two hits in the final seven innings.
With the loss, the Cougars face the loser of the Texas A&M-Oral Roberts game in an elimination contest at 10 a.m., Saturday. The A&M-ORU was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., Friday.
Fans can catch the action on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin about 15 minutes before the first pitch.
Junior righthander Brad Sullivan dropped to 6-7 this season after allowing five runs (three earned) off eight hits with three strikeouts and three walks in 4.2 innings of work.
Every Alabama starter had at least one hit in the game with Travis Garner batting 2-for-5 with a run to lead the way. Adam Pavkovich and Ryan Beagle topped all players with two RBIs each.
The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Pavkovich blasted a two-run home in its first at-bat. Three batters later, Beagle grounded into a double play but not before Beau Hearod scored from third base for a 3-0 Alabama lead after an inning of play.
However, UH answered in the next half-inning with a three-spot of its own. Bruce started the Cougar rally by blasting the first pitch he saw from Carter well over the left center field wall. After three straight singles from Stuart Musslewhite, Tully and Sam Mitchell loaded the bases, Brett Logan slapped a two-RBI single down the right field line to knot the game at 3-3.
In the third inning, Alabama regained the lead. Beagle reached second base on a misplay in the Cougar outfield and came around to score on Al Hecklinski's RBI single up the middle for a 4-3 Crimson Tide lead.
One inning later, the Crimson Tide pushed its lead back to two runs when Charlie Lyons reached third base on Garner's one-out single and then scored on another UH error in the outfield.
The Crimson Tide took control of the game in the seventh inning without the benefit of a hit. After Alabama loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter, Beagle scored on a balk and Hecklinski was plated on a wild pitch.
In the eighth, Alabama put the game away for good with a pair of runs on Beagle's two-RBI single to left field.