Feb. 22, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team scored nine runs in their first three at bats and never looked back on their way to a 10-3 win over Stephen F. Austin Tuesday night at Cougar Field. With the win, Houston improves to 4-0 on the season.
The Cougars continue to see a strong showing by the pitching staff. In his first career start, Chase Wellbrock pitched six innings, allowing two runs with six strikeouts. Jordan Mannisto, Travis Jenkins and Dakota Dill all turned in an inning of relief, giving up just one run.
"Tonight was really big for (Chase) Wellbrock," head coach Todd Whitting said. "We've had four quality starts in a row out of our pitching staff, which on a pitching staff that doesn't have depth, that's huge. What I keep preaching to them is that while we don't have a whole lot of depth that equals a ton of opportunity. Chase was lights out tonight. He was really good."
Houston dug itself a 2-0 hole to start the contest but was able to even the score 2-2 in the bottom of the first. With runners on first and second, Caleb Ramsey doubled to the left field corner to score the two base runners.
The score wouldn't stay tied for long. After holding the Lumberjacks scoreless in the top of the second, Houston went on to score six runs in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-2 lead. With two outs and Joel Ansley on third base, Landon Appling grounded out into a fielder's choice that put the Cougars up 3-2. Ryan Still put two Cougars on base after reaching on an error by SFA shortstop Jordan Lewis and Chase Jensen plated the two runners with a triple to left field. He would go on to score on a wild pitch. Ramsey kept the inning going, reaching base on another error by the Lumberjack infield and scored on the next at bat, a triple by Austin Gracey. Gracey would then give Houston an 8-2 lead, scoring off Matt Creel's double to left field.
Ansley added a single run in the third inning with his first home run of the season to put the Cougars up 9-2. Houston has now hit at least one home run in each of it four games this season.
The Cougars final run of the night came when John Cannon scored in the fifth inning, after reaching base on a single up the middle.
SFA would close out the game scoring a run in their final at bat.
Houston will continue its home stand this weekend when they play host to Ole Miss, Feb. 25-27. Game one of the series is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday, continue at 7 p.m. Saturday and conclude at 1 p.m. Sunday. Fans should note Saturday's start time has been changed from the previously released time of 6:30 p.m.