Five Run Inning Keys Houston's 9-4 Win Over Baseball

March 2, 2002

FULLERTON, Calif. - Hyung Cho's three-run homer to left center keyed a five-run third inning Saturday and the No. 25 Houston Cougars defeated the No. 17 USC Trojans, 9-4, in second-day action of the 2002 Kia Baseball Bash at Goodwin Field.

Houston (8-4) scored five runs on eight hits against USC freshman starter J.P. Howell, who lasted only three innings, as the Trojans (6-6) had their season-high four-game winning streak snapped.

Cougar starter Keith Whatley kept the Trojans scoreless until the sixth inning when Brian Barre hit a two-run single to left. The Trojans scored two more times in the sixth when Anthony Lunetta's fly ball with two outs bounced off left fielder Gabe Lucas' glove.

The Trojans had another chance to cut the lead in the seventh with the bases loaded and two outs. Kris Cox hit a ball down the third base line that barely missed the bag and struck out looking on the next pitch by Houston's Ryan Wagner.

Josh Rummonds pitched well for the Trojans in five innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

USC did not have its complete coaching staff at the end when head coach Mike Gillespie and assistant coach Rob Klein were ejected from the game in the bottom of the fourth.

The Trojans will face No. 11 Cal State Fullerton tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.

Houston	005-201-001 --- 9-14-2USC	000-004-000 --- 4-9-2

WP - Whatley (3-1) LP - Howell (2-2)Whatley, Hooper (6), Zell (7), Wagner (7), Crain (9) and Bertillion, Snyder (8).Howell, Todd (4), Rummonds (5) and Concepcion.T - 3:35 ATT - 1,073

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