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Volume 72, Issue 137, Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sports

Flores, Presley lift UH with homers in sixth

UH wins fourth straight by exacting revenge Tuesday

by LOUIE VERA
The Daily Cougar

Houston sophomore catcher Luis Flores and freshman outfielder Zach Presley connected on back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to give UH its fourth consecutive victory in a 5-2 win Tuesday night over the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners at Riverside Park in Victoria.

Clinging on to a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth, Flores hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season to lead off the sixth inning. Presley followed his teammate by smashing another ball over the left field wall for the third Cougar home run of the night.

The back-to-back homers were the first since former Cougars Brad Lincoln and Matt Weston belted consecutive shots against Oklahoma at the 2006 NCAA Norman Regional on June 3, 2006.

Freshman starter Donnie Joseph (1-1) earned his first collegiate victory by giving up two earned runs on four hits in six innings of work. 

With a runner on at first and one out in the eighth, UH sophomore reliever Barry Laird replaced sophomore Jimmy Raviele and closed out the game for his second consecutive save of the season tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball. 

Raviele threw 1.1 innings giving up one walk and single with two strikeouts in his outing.

Houston's first home run came in the bottom of the fourth after the UTSA tied the game at 2-2 in the top half of the inning on a RBI-single by third baseman Ryan Saltzgaber. Trent Lockwood was the only other hitter multi-hit Roadrunner as he went 2-for-4 with a run and two doubles.

Junior Bryan Pounds hit a 2-0 pitched out of the park and put the Cougars back on top of UTSA who had beat them 4-3 on Feb. 27 at San Antonio. 

The Cougar offense racked up 10 hits in the victory, three of which came by way of sophomore Jimmy Cesario, who extended his hitting streak to a career- and UH-season-best 18 games. The slugger is tied with J.P. Woodward and Jason Woodward for the fifth-longest streak in school history. Junior Ryan Lormand was also in the midst of the attack as he batted 2-for-5 with a stolen base and one RBI.

Lormand and junior Bryan Tully worked together in the bottom of the second for a double steal, as roadrunner catcher Zach Etheredge was late on the throw to second that allowed Lormand to slide in safely safe and let Tully score.

The Roadrunners scored runs in the second and fourth innings, but the Cougars answered both times in their next at-bats, bringing two across in the second and Pound's solo shot in the fourth.

Roadrunner starter Ryan Proudfoot dropped to 3-2 on the season after allowing five runs off eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts in five innings of work. UTSA relievers Mark Rufflin, Josh Blakely and J.T. Mackey all pitched one inning in relief.

Entering the game, the Cougars were ranked No. 28 according to the latest Collegiate Baseball poll after sweeping Tulane over the weekend.

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