Hi 75 / Lo 55
|Volume 70, Issue 113,
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Cougar country invaded by Texas A&M
Aggies get revenge from early season
loss to UH;
By Louie Vera
The Houston Cougar (9-13) baseball team was given payback from Baseball America College No. 14 Texas A&M (18-7), as the Cougars took a tough 9-2 loss at Cougar Field Tuesday Night.
On Feb. 13, Houston had its way with the Aggies, winning 6-1, but last night, it was all A&M.
Houston starting pitcher Ricky Hargrove struggled in the first inning, giving up five hits and three runs, including a home run to Andrew Baldwin for a 3-0 Aggie advantage.
Sophomore relief pitcher Shea Hancock was one of the few bright spots in Tuesday's Cougar loss to Texas A&M as he pitched a career-high six strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.
Coby James/The Daily Cougar
The first-inning rally was all A&M would need, and Cougar baseball head coach Rayner Noble spoke of both teams' performances.
"(It was) not real good," Rayner said. "We didn't swing the bats very well, and we didn't pitch when we needed to pitch. (I) give the Aggies credit. They played a good game. They played great defense. We just have to get ready for this weekend's game."
Aggie starter Austin Creps was instrumental in the win, pitching seven innings while giving up two runs on four hits.
Noble said the lack of offense was due to Cougar bats being off-tempo and Aggie pitching putting out a solid performance.
"It was a combination of both," he said. "They just overpowered us. It looked like our bats were a little slow tonight, and Creps had a lot on the ball."
Cougar infielder Kevin Roberts gave the Cougars one run back in the bottom half of the inning, as he crossed the plate on a Brad Lincoln groundout to put the Cougars on the board at 3-1.
Roberts batted two-for-four, and his single to right in the first inning extended his Cougar team-high hitting streak to nine games.
Aggie shortstop Cliff Pennington added another run on the board in the second inning with a two-out single to center field driving home Travis Bartek. Pennington had the hottest bat of the night, batting four-for-four with a homer and five RBIs.
The Cougars went through six pitchers on the night, and the lone bright spot was right-hand relief pitcher sophomore Shea Hancock, who had a career-high six strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.
Center fielder Jake Stewart scored the final run for the Cougars when Travis Tully hit a hot shot to left field that was bobbled by Baldwin to allow the score.
Houston will get back into action in a Conference
USA match-up as the Cougars will host Alabama-Birmingham at 7 p.m. Friday.
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