May 31, 2003
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Cole Bruce's RBI single in the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie and started a three-run rally as the University of Houston baseball took a 4-2 win over Oral Roberts in an elimination game at the NCAA Regional at College Station on Saturday.
In the ninth, UH held off a furious ORU rally. The Golden Eagles pulled to within two on Grant Plumley's RBI-single and loaded the bases with two outs. ORU then appeared to tie the game when David Castillo slapped a ground ball up the middle, but UH shortstop Stuart Musslewhite snared it and flipped the ball to second baseman Brad Sullivan to force OUT oncoming runner Plumley just a second before the runner made it to the bag.
With the win, the Cougars will face the loser of the Texas A&M-Alabama game in another elimination game at 7 p.m., Saturday. The Alabama-A&M was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., Saturday.
Fans can catch the action over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin about 15 minutes before the first pitch.
UH reliever Ryan Wagner evened his record at 5-5 after allowing one run off three hits with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings of relief.
Although he didn't receive a decision, UH starter Danny Zell did a masterful job for the Cougars. The Cypress, Texas, native tied his career high with 7.1 innings pitched, his second consecutive start with that many innings, and allowed only one run off seven hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
ORU starter Dallas Martin dropped to 8-7 after giving up three runs off nine hits with two walks in 7.1 innings of work.
The Cougars struck for the game's first run in the sixth inning. Michael Bourn drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Tully's bunt single. From there, Cho laced a single into left field to plate Bourn and give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
The score remained that way until the eighth inning when the Golden Eagles tied the game, thanks to Matt Vanderbosch's leadoff hit, a walk and two wild pitches.
VanDerBosch went 4-for-4 with a run to lead Oral Roberts, while Dennis Bigley batted 2-for-4. Plumley also batted 2-for-5 with an RBI.