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Rayner Noble, the UH baseball coach, said his goal for the Cougars was to get at least one win going into Lubbock for a three-game series against the Red Raiders.
Saturday, they got it.
In the front end of a double header Saturday, the Cougars beat Texas Tech 5-1.
Houston never trailed and took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
The Raiders got their sole run in the eighth to make the lead 3-1, but the Cougars scored two more in the top of the ninth to put the game away.
Pitcher John Box (4-3) earned the win for the Cougars.
The loss for Tech was the first at home this season and the first in 28 games.
The Raiders responded in game two with a 9-2 drubbing of Houston.
Tech scored a run in each of the two innings, then scored four in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead and put the game out of reach for the Cougars.
UH infielder Dominic Hernandez smacked a solo shot over the left-center-field wall in the sixth, but it was not enough.
Tech scored three more in the eighth, and all the Cougars could muster in the ninth was an RBI single from third baseman Scott McLeod.
Robb Kirkland (0-2) picked up the loss for Houston, giving up eight hits, six runs and two walks before being pulled in the fourth.
The Raiders also beat Houston 11-1 Friday, with Tech pitcher Jimmy Frush (9-3) picking up the win by scattering six hits over nine innings.
Frush sent home his share of batters, striking out 10.
Pitcher Mike Manbeck (5-5) earned the loss for Houston, giving up 11 hits and eight runs in four innings.
Texas Tech improved to 42-10 and 13-8 in the Southwest Conference on the season, and lost no ground to the conference leading Texas Longhorns, who won two-o- three to the Texas A&M Aggies this weekend. Houston fell to 26-25 and 7-14 in the SWC.