Wednesday, March 28, 2000
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UH ups road streak to 12 after 4-3 win over Baylor

By Josh Gajewski
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH baseball team knew exactly what it had to do after Tulane's weekend visit left a sour taste in the collective Cougar mouth.

Hit the road.

This time it was Baylor who felt the brunt of the bitter UH bunch. A solid, combined pitching effort and a few timely hits amounted to a 4-3 win over No. 15 Baylor in Waco Tuesday night.

The UH baseball team (shown here against Tulane) got a strong combined pitching performance to beat Baylor and extend their road winning streak to 12.

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Right-handed pitcher Duncan McAdoo (2-1) took the hill for ninth-ranked UH and answered the call with 3.2 innings of work, giving up two unearned runs on three hits walking two.

The Cougars got the early lead with a run in the second, but the Bears clawed back with two runs in the fourth, taking advantage of a UH error to gain the lead.

McAdoo's start was the first since he underwent surgery earlier this month on his right knee. Saying he was about 90 percent going in, his effort was solid but he had to be relieved in the fourth inning, by staff ace Kyle Crowell.

Crowell laid the bridge with just an inning-and-a-third of hitless balls, until Robert Dieudonné took the ball from head coach Rayner Noble in the sixth.

The Cougar offense struggled against Baylor starter Josh Scott, who went six innings, giving up only two runs -- one earned -- and striking out four.

He left the game with a 3-2 lead after the Bears added a run in the sixth, but UH was quick to answer.

In the Cougar seventh, Brandon Caraway was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Eric Lee moved him over with a sac bunt. Catcher Jarrod Bitter knocked in Caraway with a one-out double, but UH was unable to do any more damage as an intentional walk to J.P. Woodward was followed by a strikeout to retire the side.

Caraway then followed with an RBI double in the next inning, on a 2-2 pitch from the Bears' Zane Carlson that scored Sean Allen from first to put the Cougars up for good.

Baylor managed to get a runner on second base in both the eighth and ninth innings. Bitter, who was moved defensively to play first, speared a line drive to end the first rally. Matt Hooper came in and induced two ground ball outs in the ninth to seal the win.

Dieudonné was the pitcher of record for the Cougars (2-2) and scattered one run and two hits in 3.1 innings of relief. Baylor's Carlson picked up his first loss of the season (0-1).

With the win, UH improved to 21-9 on the year. The good news for the Cougars is that the road trip continues this weekend at Alabama-Birmingham for a three game set with the Conference USA rival Blazers.

UH has now won 12 straight road games dating back to Feb. 25, with both road losses coming to No. 3 Texas in the season-opening series.

Kyle Crowell is slated to take the mound Friday, with Saturday's probable starter being Jerret Sykes.

No. 2 starter Shane Nance (shoulder) is expected to be out of action for at least two more weeks.

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