Cougars Overwhelm Broncos Friday Night

Feb. 26, 2010

Final Stats

HOUSTON, Texas - Houston responded to an early three-run deficit by scoring a flurry of runs in the middle innings to beat visiting Santa Clara 17-9 in the opening game of a three-game weekend series at Cougar Field.

Santa Clara (1-3) held leads of 3-0 and 5-4 before Houston took control for good in the bottom of the fourth. The Cougars' posted a five-run fourth inning, initiated by Joel Ansley's solo shot to right field. The inning went on to include four 2-out RBI hits, three off SCU starter Nate Garcia.

Bronco sophomore Lucas Herbst continues an amazing hitting streak to begin the year. Herbst lifted a 2-run homer over the right field wall in the fourth inning, which followed his two-run triple in the second and a lead-off single in the first.

Herbst finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBI. He is hitting .733 (11-for-15) in four games. He had an eight-hit series last weekend against Nevada. Tommy Medica and Geoff Klein each had two hits and Justin Viele scored three runs.

Houston (1-3) got its first win of the season, touching-up four Bronco pitchers for 20 hits. First baseman Matt Creel was 4-for-6 with seven RBI for the Cougars. Houston was swept last weekend at home by 2009 NCAA Regional qualifiers Texas State by scores of 6-0, 6-3 and 9-7.

Garcia (0-2) allowed three hits through two innings before running into trouble in the third and finally being chased during Houston's five-run fourth. Garcia allowed nine runs - eight earned - and 11 hits through 3 2/3 innings.

Michael Goodnight (1-1) was credited with the win for Houston. The sophomore starter, and Houston native, lasted five frames, striking out eight. He was charged with five runs on eight hits.

The three-game set continues Saturday in Houston. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.