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Volume 70, Issue 122, Tuesday, April 5, 2005


Cougars split weekend with Bearcats

Cincinnati snaps 8-game slide in Game 1 of doubleheader; 
UH dominates Game 2, 14-1

Cougar Sports Services

The UH baseball team's visit to Cincinnati ended in a 1-1 wash Sunday as the Cougars (12-16, 5-3 C-USA) and Bearcats (10-14, 1-7 C-USA) split a pair of seven-inning games after rain canceled games Friday and Saturday. 

Sophomore shortstop Dustin Kingsbury hammered a pair of home runs as the Cougars stampeded the Bearcats 14-1 in the second game of the doubleheader to gain a split after the Bearcats eked out a 2-1 win in the opener.

Kingsbury went 5-for-5 and knocked in eight runs to lead the UH 13-hit attack in Game 2. His two blasts tied junior Travis Tully for the team lead with three on the season. The remaining eight hits were scattered among eight different Cougars.

Sophomore Brad Lincoln (3-4) earned the win by holding the Bearcats to one run on six hits in five innings. Kevin Schrader (1-3) took the loss. 

Lincoln entered the series tied for ninth in the conference with a .390 average, and after hitting 2-4 in the doubleheader Sunday, his average hovers around the .400 mark. 

The Cougars exploded for five runs in the top of the first when sophomore center fielder Jake Stewart doubled to right field and moved to third on Tully's fielder's choice. Second baseman Kevin Roberts walked and Lincoln hit a sacrifice fly to score Stewart.

Kingsbury ripped a two-run homer to right and the Cougars led 3-0 with two outs. Freshman third baseman Bryan Pounds walked and moved to second on junior catcher Brett Logan's single. Freshman right fielder Kori Williams cleared the bases with a triple for a 5-0 Cougar lead.

The Cougars scored three more in the second on two hit batters, a single, three walks and a wild pitch to jump in front 8-0.

In the top half of the twinbill the Bearcats snapped a six-game Conference USA losing streak when they handed senior lefty Matt Farrington (5-1) his first loss of the year, 2-1 in seven innings. 

The win also ended Cincinnati's three-year, seven-game losing streak to the Cougars.

Senior Tony Maynard (4-1) held the Cougars to four hits and one run over five innings to pick up the win. Maynard also took a line shot to the face from Lincoln's bat, but the gritty Bearcat pitched through the pain to earn his fourth win of the season.

Mark Muscenti contributed three hits to the Bearcat win, including the game-winner in the bottom of the fourth after Kingsbury knocked in Lincoln to tie the game 1-1 in the top of  
the inning.

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