Feb. 17, 2007
HOUSTON - UC Irvine scored four runs in the seventh inning to break open a close game and take a 15-6 win over the University of Houston baseball team Saturday afternoon in the middle game of a non-conference series at Cougar Field.
The Anteaters took advantage of two errors, a wild pitch and an RBI-single from Tyler Vaughn in the seventh inning to turn a one-run deficit into a three-run cushion. UC Irvine added a single run in the eighth inning and five more in the ninth for the final margin of victory.
UC Irvine reliever Reid Suitor picked up the win and improved to 0-1 after retiring the only batter that he faced in the sixth inning. Making his first collegiate appearance at UH, junior righthander Dereck Cloeren collected the loss and fell to 0-1 after allowing four runs (three earned) off two hits with a strikeout in 0.1 innings.
Outfielder Matt Morris went 5-for-5 with three runs, a double and RBI to pace the Anteaters, who posted 17 hits in the win. Taylor Holiday went 3-for-5 with two runs, a double, home run and four RBIs, while Ben Orloff, Cody Cipriano and Tyler Vaughn each had two hits.
The Cougars wrap up the series at 1 p.m., Sunday in the series finale with UH freshman southpaw Wes Musick on the mound for the Cougars. This season, the Lufkin native has posted a 1-1 record with a strikeout and a 7.20 ERA in five innings. UCI head coach Mike Serrano had not announced his probable starter as of press time.
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The Cougars put the first marks on the scoreboard in the first inning with three runs off two hits. Ryan Lormand led off with a double down the left-field line and followed that by stealing third base. After Bryan Pounds drew a one-out walk, Dustin Kingsbury lifted a sacrifice fly into left field for the first run of the game. Two batters later, Luis Flores laced a line-drive shot over the right-field wall for a 3-0 Cougar lead.
That lead vanished quickly as the Anteaters struck for four runs in the top of the second. Tyler Vaughn's groundout allowed Zach Robinson to score from third, but Taylor Holiday dealt the big blow with a three-run home to right field.
The Cougars knotted the game at 4-4 in the next half-inning. Chris Joseph blasted a two-out triple to right center and scored on Lormand's infield single.
In the third inning, UH regained the lead, thanks to a run off three hits. Pounds led off with a single to center and moved into scoring position following a balk. After moving to third on Kingsbury's single to center, Pounds handed the Cougars a 5-4 lead when Flores smashed the first pitch from UCI reliever Cole Hathcock into left field.
The score remained the way until the fifth inning when Matthew Morris' double into left center plated Ben Orloff, who led off with a single to center.
In the sixth inning, the Cougars regained the lead. After Bryan Tully was hit by a pitch and moved to second following a wild pitch, Chris Joseph laced an RBI-single through the left side for a 6-5 UH lead.
In the next half inning, Cipriano led off with a double to left center and eventually came around to score following a wild pitch and tie the game at 6-6.