March 26, 2006
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HOUSTON, Texas - The Houston Cougars put up eight runs in the first inning and never looked back as they knocked off the Marshall baseball team (8-11, 0-3 C-USA) 15-1 Sunday at Cougar Field in Houston, Texas. The game was called after six and a half innings because of the 10-run rule. The Cougars (16-12, 3-0) took all three games in the first conference series of the year.
The Cougar bats came alive against Marshall starter Chris Koutsavlis (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) as they knocked the Herd pitcher out with two outs in the first inning. Koutsavlis (3-2), who entered the game with a 2.92 ERA, allowed eight hits and eight earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Houston starter Luis Flores (2-1) shut down the Thundering Herd offense, allowing just three hits and a run in six innings. He did surrender a solo home run to Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) in the third inning, Vincent's third round-tripper of the season.
Jimmy Mathias (Jr., Stephens City, Va.) and Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) added singles for the Herd. Isa Garcia paced the Cougar offensive attack with a 3-for-4 performance and three RBI while falling a home run shy of the cycle.
Houston jumped out quickly in the first inning on a leadoff home run by Jake Stewart. Garcia and Dustin Kingsbury followed with singles and then combined for a double steal. A Brad Lincoln groundout scored Garcia and Bryan Tully tripled to right field to bring home Kingsbury to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead. After a walk to Flores and a flyout by Chris Joseph, Brett Logan hit an RBI single. Travis Cougot followed with the big blow of the inning, a three-run homer to left center. Stewart continued the hit parade with a single and then scored on a double by Garcia. Koutsavlis was then lifted for Jimmy Stanley (Fr., Lexington, Ky.), who got the final out of the inning.
The Cougars tacked on four runs in the third against Stanley. Stewart had an RBI single and Garcia followed with a two-run double. Lincoln had a sacrifice fly to give Houston a 12-1 lead.
Houston added a run in the fourth and two in the sixth to push the final score to 15-1.
Marshall returns home to University Heights Field on Tuesday, playing host to James Madison at 1 p.m. in the first of a two-game series. The Dukes are ranked No. 25 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll. The teams also play at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Marshall opens its home Conference USA schedule at 7 p.m. Friday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va., taking on UCF.