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Volume 70, Issue 132, Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Sports

Cougars finish 1-2 in series against Green Wave

Houston travels to New Orleans to face No. 3 Tulane, 
wins in series opener Friday

Cougar Sports Staff

Tulane took advantage of seven walks by Cougar pitchers to scratch out seven runs as Baseball Americais No. 3-ranked Green Wave (32-6, 12-3 C-USA) took the third and deciding game 7-2 at Turchin Stadium Sunday. 

The come-from-behind victory earned the Green Wave a 2-1 series win and dropped UH to 15-20, 7-7 in Conference USA.

Green Wave starter Brian Bogusevic raised his record to 7-1 after allowing the Cougars only two runs off eight hits with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Junior right-hander Kevin Roberts fell to 3-3 after yielding four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings.


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Junior hurler Matt Farrington picked up a win Friday against Baseball Americais No. 3-ranked Tulane after giving up three runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings of work.

The Cougars scored in the top of the first for their only lead of the game when Roberts punched a single through the infield, moved to third on shortstop Dustin Kingsburyis hit-and-run single through the right side and then scored on Brad Lincolnis fielderis choice. 

Tulane tied the game in the bottom half of the first and built their lead to 5-1 through the next six innings. 

Shoddy base running killed two Cougar rallies, something that can be attributed to the youth of the Houston squad. 

Tulane snatched the second game of the series Saturday when Green Wave third baseman Brad Emaus blasted a lead-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to foil the upstart Cougarsi bid to take two straight from the third-ranked Green Wave.

Green Wave reliever Sean Morgan improved to 5-0 on the season after getting the final out in the top of the ninth. Cougar reliever Gene Flores dropped to 0-4 after giving up the homer to Emaus.

The Cougars knotted the score 4-4 in the top of the ninth when right-fielder Mark McGonigle hammered a two-out single to center. Left fielder Travis Tully followed with a sharp single to right and second baseman Roberts knocked in McGonigle with a clutch-base hit up the middle. 

Roberts stroked three hits, scored once and knocked in two runs to lead the Cougar hitters. Tully, Kingsbury and center fielder Kori Williams each pounded out two hits as the Cougars out-hit Tulane 11-10. 

In the series opener at Turchin Field Friday night, the Cougars rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth to grab a 6-4 lead and then rode the arm of closer Justin Vaclavik (2-1) to the win over the No. 1 ranked Green Wave.

Trailing 4-3 in the top of the eighth, Lincoln and Kingsbury singled and advanced to second and third on Williamsi sacrifice bunt. Brad Logan hit a fielderis choice to third, and Lincoln scored on the throwing error to the plate. 

Third baseman Bryan Pounds walked. Farrington doubled home Kingsbury while Logan got gunned down at second on the throw from right field. McGonigle reached base when he was hit by a pitch. Tully walked and got the RBI when Pounds crossed the plate with the gameis final run.

UH starter Matt Farrington held the Green Wave to three runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings of work before yielding to Vaclavik in the seventh.

The Cougars travel to Sam Houston State on Tuesday for a non-conference game starting at 2 p.m. 
 

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