March 17, 2009
Beaumont, Texas - The University of Houston baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak on Tuesday night, defeating No. 29 Lamar, 4-2, at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Donnie Joseph guided the Cougars to a win over the Cardinals, making his first start this season. He pitched a career-high 6.1 innings and striking out a career-high seven batters while giving up just two hits.
William Kankel added to the stellar pitching performance in relief for the Cougars, pitching 2.2 innings, striking out six batters while giving up no hits.
With the win, Houston improves to 4-14 on the season and has now won five-straight against Lamar.
Houston was held scoreless until the fourth inning, when with one out, Caleb Ramsey singled up the middle. He would steal second and advance to third on a single to left field by William Kankel. Taylor White would plate Ramsey with a bunt and Codey Morehouse would fly out to centerfield to give Houston their second out. David Murphy scored Kankel, the Cougars' second run with a single to center, while moving White to third base. White would score to end the inning, when David Murphy was thrown out on a run down between first and second.
Joseph pitched a shutout through five innings, before Brian Taylor led off in the sixth with a double down the right field line. He would move to second on a fly out to center and score on a ground out by Chris Dunkin.
In the eighth inning, Kankel hit the first triple of his career to center field, looking to spark the Cougars who led 4-2 with two outs but he was left stranded on base when White grounded out to second base.
Houston will return to Cougar Field for a Wednesday match-up against Rice at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday's game will be 70s Night a Cougar Field. Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite 70s apparel and listen to the best hits of the 70s throughout the game.
Following Wednesday's game, Houston will open Conference USA play against UAB on March 20-22. Friday and Saturday's games are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., with the series finale on Sunday slated to start at noon.
For tickets to all Cougar home games, call 713-GO-COOGS or visit UHCougars.com.