June 8, 2002
AUSTIN, Texas - A day after competing in a pitching duel, the University of Houston and Texas baseball teams battled offensive showdown that featured 19 runs and 30 hits.
However, the Longhorns proved to be too much for the Cougars on Saturday night at Disch-Falk Field in taking a 17-2 win in game two of the NCAA Super Regional at Austin.
Game three of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Disch-Falk Field. The winner of Sunday's game advances to the NCAA College World Series to face second-ranked Rice. UH will look for its third NCAA CWS berth in school history but the first since 1967.
Fans can hear the action live on KYND 1520 AM or through the Internet at www.kgbcradio.cc. Sunday's pregame show is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m.
Ray Clark, pitching in relief of Texas All-American Ryan Simmons beginning in the third inning, collected the win to improve to 6-4 after allowing only three hits in 6.1 innings. UH starter Danny Zell dropped to 8-2 after giving up six hits and five runs in the game's first three innings.
Texas (52-15) jumped out to a 3-1 lead after two innings and took control of the game with three runs in the fourth and sixth innings and broke the contest open with five runs in the seventh. Jeff Ontiveros blasted two home runs and went 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs to lead a UT offense which saw every starter collect at least one hit and rap out a season-best 21 hits.
Ryan Hubele batted 5-for-6 with four runs, two RBIs, two doubles and a home run, while Dustin Majewski went 3-for-5 with two runs, two doubles and an RBI in the winning effort. Tim Moss, Omar Quintanilla, Matt Rosenberg and Kalani Napoleon posted two hits apiece.
The Longhorns struck for the game's first runs in their first at-bat. After J.D. Reininger blasted a two-out double off the center field wall, Ontiveros launched a two-run shot over the left field fence for a 2-0 UT lead.
UH regained some of the momentum in the bottom of the inning with a run of its own. Chris Snyder drew a four-pitch walk from Simmons and raced all the way from third base when Cooley blasted his team-leading 16th double into the right field gap.
In the second inning, UT pushed its lead back up to two runs. Eric Sultemeier slapped a bouncing double to left field with one out and moved to third base after a balk by Zell. Brandon Fahey then grounded out to Cooley but not before Sultmeier scored for a 3-1 UT lead.
One inning later, the Cougars loaded the bases with one out, thanks to hits from Cooley and Musslewhite and a walk to Jesse Crain. Keith Whatley lifted a sacrifice fly into medium right field, and Cooley raced in from third base to pull UH to within one run again.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Longhorns struck for three runs and posted their first run when Hubele and Majewski combined for back-to-back doubles to lead off the frame and knock Zell from the game. After moving to third on a UH wild pitch, Majewski scored on pinch-hitter Matt Rosenberg's bunt single.
Majewski then moved all the way to third base on a pair of UH errors after a failed pickoff attempt and later scored on Brandon Fahey's sacrifice fly to left field.
In the sixth inning, UT took control of the game with three more runs. Hubele led off the frame with a home run to left field and Napoleon plated two more runners with a single to right field.
Ontiveros blasted his second home run of the night and 18th of the season to lead off the seventh inning and begin a five-run rally in that frame for the Longhorns. Moss added a bases-clearing double down the right field line to highlight the UT inning.
UT added a single run in the eighth on Rosenberg's RBI-single and two runs in the ninth on an RBI-single by Hubele and Chris Carmichael's RBI-groundout.