March 15, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team kicked off the week with a 9-3 win over Sam Houston State Tuesday night at Cougar Field. Sophomores Chase Jensen and David Murphy combined for six hits at the plate, while the Cougar pitching staff surrendered just one earned run.
Jensen finished the contest 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, while Murphy was 3-for-4 with a run.
Sophomore Codey Morehouse improved to 2-2 on the mound, pitching three scoreless innings. Senior Taylor Hammack turned in two innings of scoreless relief, while Travis Jenkins pitched four innings, allowing three runs to earn the save.
With the win, Houston improves to 8-9 on the season.
Houston never trailed in the contest after freshman Landon Appling scored on Jensen's single through the right side in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Jake Runte added to the score in the second inning, reaching base on a double and scoring on senior Ryan Still's sacrifice fly to left field.
Junior John Cannon gave the Cougars a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. He would reach base on an error by the Bearkat's shortstop Ryan Mooney before scoring on a second error by Mooney during Still's at bat.
The Bearkats finally got on the board in the sixth inning, scoring a run with two outs. Mark Hudson drew a walk and scored on Braeden Riley's double to left center.
The Cougars pushed their lead to four, 5-1, after scoring two runs in the seventh inning. Still was hit by Matt Walker and Appling reached on a throwing error by the first baseman. Ramsey's sacrifice fly allowed Still to score before Jensen drew a walk to load the bases. Matt Creel closed out the inning plating Appling on a single through the left side.
UH's biggest inning of the night would come in the eighth. Runte led things off by drawing a walk, while Murphy and Still loaded the bases on back-to-back bunts. Appling grounded out into a double play, but Ramsey's triple allowed the two remaining base runners to score. Jensen followed with an RBI single before scoring on Creel's double down the left field line.
Sam Houston State scored a run in each of their final two at bats to close out the game.
Houston will travel to Lake Charles, La., for a 6:30 p.m. contest against McNeese State on Wednesday. Following the Cougar's midweek action, they will return to Cougar Field to host a three-game series against Kent State on March 18-20. The series will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, continue at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and conclude at 1 p.m. Sunday.