Cougars Host Rice In Home Opener Tuesday
San Diego, CA -- The University of Houston baseball team could not hold off a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and fell to San Diego State 5-4 in the finale of the three-game weekend series Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego. By winning two of the three games the Aztecs claimed the Moores Cup as winner of the annual Frienship series between the two schools.
Houston built a 3-1 lead with five early hits but the offense struggled in the second half of the game. The Aztecs meanwhile got to the Cougar bullpen for the second time in three games and UH will now face undefeated, nationally-ranked Rice Tuesday afternoon with a 3-3 record.
Trailing 1-0, the Cougars scored twice in the top of the third after a pair of singles, a sacrifice hit and a sacrifice fly. UH then added a run in the fifth to make it 3-1 when Michael Bourn singled, stole second and then scored on a single by Josh Snook. It looked like it might be enough for Houston starter Gene Flores, who allowed just four hits and one run in posting the longest outing of any Cougar starting pitcher (6.1 innings).
San Diego State went on to take a 4-3 lead in the seventh after a 2-RBI double by Anthony Gwynn, son of major leaguer Tony Gwynn and SDSU second baseman Carlo Cota. Houston then tied the score with a solo home run to left-center field by junior Chris Klosterman. UH tried to rally in the ninth but stranded runners on first and third. In the bottom of the frame Cota then singled in the winning run with the bases loaded and nobody out.
Houston fell to 3-3 overall while San Diego State improved to 3-3. The Cougars next face crosstown rival Rice in its home opener on Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00 p.m. It is game-one of the Silver Glove Series to determine the college baseball city champion.
College Baseball Linescore Houston 002 010 010 -- 4 6 1 San Diego St. 100 000 301 -- 5 11 3Gene Flores, Austin Faught (7), Matt Hooper (9) and Chris Snyder. Rob Harrand, Marcos Mendoza (6), John Skinner (9), Royce Ring (9) and Troy Perdue, Brian Manfred (6).
WP- Ring (1-0). LP - Faught (0-2). Save- none.
2B- UH: none; SDSU: Gwynn, Cota, Burt.
HR- UH: Klosterman (1); SDSU: none.
Team Records- Houston 3-3, San Diego State