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Volume 69, Issue 106, Monday, March 9, 2004


UH can't keep Tiger offense caged

Cougar Sports Staff

The Cougars didn't need excuses, they just needed some pitching. 

Facing its sixth consecutive top-25 opponent, Houston couldn't hold back No. 1 Louisiana State's offense, losing two of three games this weekend including an 8-2 loss in the rubber game Sunday at Alex Box Field. 

LSU scored three runs off freshman starter Brad Lincoln in the bottom of the first inning. The Tigers then added three more in their half of the sixth, including a two-run homerun by Jon Zeringue, who also added an RBI tripled and a run in the seventh. Zeringue finished the game 3-4 with two runs and three RBIs. 

Junior Stuart Musslewhite went 4-4 for Houston and scored a run. Senior Cole Bruce went 2-2, scoring the other Cougar run and drawing a pair of walks. 

UH (5-9) broke out the bats Saturday, turning the tables on the Tigers with a 10-5 win. Senior Brett Cooley's bat erupted for the Cougars, going 3-5 with five RBIs, including a pair of home runs. 

The Cougars followed Cooley's lead to 14 hits and 10 runs. By the fifth inning, all nine batters in Houston's lineup had recorded at least one hit. Bruce hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning, and the Cougars never trailed. 

Senior reliever Brandon Roznovsky notched his first win for Houston after coming in for senior starter Matt Varner. Roznovsky allowed only one run in three and two-thirds innings of work. 

The win Saturday snapped LSU's nine-game winning streak. 

Houston fell 9-3 to the Tigers, win No. 9 in the streak came against the Cougars in the series opener Friday. 

The teams were tied at three until the fifth, when LSU scored three runs to break the game open.

UH starter Garrett Mock (0-4) gave up four runs off eight hits in four innings. Tiger starter Justin Meier (3-0) earned the win with seven and a third innings of solid work, allowing only two runs off 10 hits with four strikeouts.

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