Feb. 26, 2010
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team notched its first win of the season in convincing fashion Friday night, defeating Santa Clara 17-9 at Cougar Field.
The Cougars recorded 20 hits, including at least one in each of the first six innings. Matt Creel and Caleb Ramsey each went 4-for-6 at the plate to lead Houston. Creel had seven RBIs to go along with a double and triple.
The Cougars had to play from behind for the second time this season after giving up three runs to Santa Clara in the first two innings. Houston then managed to put together a four-run third inning to wipe-out the deficit and take the its first lead of the night.
With one out, Ramsey singled to left field to put the first Cougar on base. He would steal second and advance to third on a throwing error by Santa Clara pitcher Nate Garcia. Blake Kelso's walk put two runners on base and Matt Creel's scored both Cougars with a triple to left center. M.P. Cokinos took a pitch to the arm and Zak Presley plated Creel on a single to shortstop.
The Broncos quickly regained the lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run home run from Lucas Herbst, but during the Cougars at bat Joel Ansley answered with a solo shot of his own to knot the score, 5-5. With two outs, Houston tacked on another four runs in the inning. Kelso started things off with a single to right field and Creel's single through the right side scored Kelso. A walk by Chris Wallace moved the base runners before Creel reached home on a Zak Presley single. Wallace and Cokinos, who reached on single, capped the scoring in the fourth, each scoring on a Cougar single.
The scoring didn't stop there as UH followed that up scoring three runs in the fifth and another five in the sixth inning. Creel turned in two more RBIs on the night, scoring Ramsey and Kelso in the fifth off a double to left center. Creel would then go on to score on a wild pitch to end the inning.
Creel's hot bat continued to the sixth inning when he notched is final two RBIs of the night. He plated Ramsey and Joel Ansley, who reached base on a single and walk, respectively. Ryan Still opened the inning with a single through the right side and Wallace added a RBI single late in the inning.
On the mound, sophomore Michael Goodnight earned his second consecutive Friday start going five innings, giving up five runs but he struck out eight batters. Mo Wiley, William Kankel and Chase Dempsay all contributed innings of relief for the UH pitching staff.
With the win Houston improves to 1-0 all-time against the Broncos.
The series will continue against Santa Clara on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. on Sunday.