March 1, 2008
Houston, Texas - Oklahoma Sooner left-fielder Spencer Selby's three-run home run in the top of the 10th inning overshadowed a strong pitching performance by Houston freshman Jared Ray, as the Cougars fell to OU, 8-5, on the second day of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
With the loss UH falls to 4-3 on the year while the Sooners improve to 4-2. The Cougars conclude the Houston College Classic against the University of Texas tomorrow evening at 6 pm.
In the tenth with Ty Stuckey (0-1) on the mound, the Sooners worked two walks sandwiched around a foul out to Bryan Tulley before UH closer John Touchton came on. After a passed ball moved the runners up a base, Selby sent a shot into the Crawford Boxes for the game-winning home run.
Overall, the Cougars left 12 runners on base and missed several opportunities to back the strong pitching efforts of Ray and Stuckey. In just his second collegiate start, Ray settled down after the two home runs, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing just four earned runs on six hits with a career-high eight strikeouts.
As for Stuckey, despite earning the loss in the game, the left-hander from Klein Collins High School struck out six and walked just two in three innings of work.
After J.T. Wise tied the game in ninth inning on a solo blast to left field, the Cougars had a chance to win the game in the bottom half. With two outs Brian Pounds nailed a shot off the high wall in left field for a single, and then Goolsby, who went three-for-four on the day, drilled a double in the gap. A perfect Oklahoma relay nailed Pounds at the plate.
On the game's second pitch OU's Mike Gosse drilled a Jared Ray fastball into the right-field seats to stake the Sooners to a 1-0 lead. Two innings later Gosse struck again, this time lacing a 2-1 offering from Ray into the same right-field stands for a two-run shot and a 3-0 Oklahoma advantage.
Houston cut into the Sooner lead with two-run fourth inning. Jimmy Cesario led off the inning with a walk and then stole second base. One out later Matt Murphy brought Cesario home with a single up the middle. After Murphy was caught stealing, Bryan Pounds and Austin Goolsby hit consecutive doubles to plate another Cougar run.
In the next frame the Cougars took lead, as UH loaded the bases with three consecutive singles. After Cesario struck out Chase Dempsay ripped a single up the middle that scored both Blake Kelso and Jake Stewart.
In the eighth inning the Cougars reclaimed the lead but left two stranded in what could have been a big inning. Goolsby hit a double to lead off the frame, Felix Fanaselle walked and Kelso laid a perfect drag bunt to load the bases. OU brought on Jake McCarter and Stewart swung at the first pitch and popped out in foul territory. Lormand then hustled out a fielder's choice grounder to the shortstop to score Goolsby and take a brief 5-4 lead. Cesario fouled out to end the threat.