March 9, 2012
|0||No. 14 Ole Miss
W: Bobby Wahl (3-0)
L: Jared Ray (1-1)
|Matt Hernandez||0.2||1||1||1||1||1||Chris Morales||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||Ryan Bonnot||2.0||0||0||0||0||3|
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2 That was just the second time all season Houston was shutout. Last time came in a 6-0 loss to Texas State on Feb. 26.
6.0 Cougar relievers Mannisto, Morales, and Bonnot combined for 6.0 shutout innings in relief, allowing no hits, while fanning 5.
OXFORD, Miss.—The University of Houston baseball team spotted No. 14 Ole Miss six runs in the first inning as the Rebels went on to shutout the Cougars, 8-0, on Friday evening in Game 1 of the three-game set at Swayze Field.
Houston fell to 6-7 on the year with the loss, while Ole Miss improved to 11-2. The Cougars were shutout for just the second time this season, last coming in a 6-0 loss to Texas State at Cougar Field on Feb. 26.
Ole Miss starter Bobby Wahl (6.0,1,0,0,3,10) was solid in his win over the Cougars, holding Houston to just one hit over 6.0 innings of work with 10 strikeouts. Wahl surrendered his only hit to junior Casey Grayson in the sixth inning.
The Rebels added two more runs in the fifth on three walks and a double.
The Cougars were held to just four scattered hits on the evening, tallied by four different Houston hitters.
Davis, making his first start at designated hitter for Houston tallied his first hit of the season on a single in the seventh, while Sanford drove a double into left center for his first hit of his collegiate career in the ninth after entering the game in left field in the seventh.
The Cougars placed two on in the ninth after Lueneburg singled and Sanford doubled, but Ole Miss was able to retire the final batter on a fly out to cap the win.
Houston starter Jared Ray (1.0,10,6,6,0,0) allowed six runs on 10 hits in 1.0 inning of work to suffer his first loss of the season, falling to 1-1.
Highlighting the night was the effort by the Houston bullpen. Pitching well in relief for the Cougars was junior Jordan Mannisto (3.0,0,0,0,1,1) who pitched 3.0 hitless innings with one walk and one strikeout out of the pen.
Also seeing action out of Houston’s pen was Ryan Vruggink (0.1,0,1,1,2,1), junior Matt Hernandez (0.2,1,1,1,1,1), freshman Chris Morales (1.0,0,0,0,0,2) who struck out two in 1.0 inning and junior Ryan Bonnot (2.0,0,0,0,0,3) who made his Cougar debut, tossing 2.0 hitless innings with three strikeouts
Mannisto, Morales, and Bonnot combined to throw 6.0 hitless innings, while fanning six in the effort
Houston committed three errors all at second base, while Ole Miss was solid in the field with no miscues
Houston will return to play on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for Game 2 of the three-game series in Oxford, Miss. Houston will go to senior LHP Jordan Lewis on the mound for Saturday vs. RHP RJ Hively for Ole Miss.
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