Baseball Wins Series Opener, 5-3, Over Kent State

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      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F H E
    Kent State 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 7 2
    Houston 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 X 5 9 0

    Pitching IP ER K/BB H
    Mo Wiley (W, 1-1) 7.0 2 3/1 4
    Dakota Dill (S, 2) 2.0 1 0/0 3

    Batting H AB R RBI W
    Caleb Ramsey 2 4 1 1 0
    Matt Creel 2 5 1 1 0
    John Cannon 2 4 0 1 0

    HOUSTON - Junior Mo Wiley allowed just two runs in a career-long seven innings to guide the University of Houston baseball team to a 5-3 win over Kent State in the series opener Friday night at Cougar Field.

    In his second start this season, Wiley surrendered just two runs on four hits with three strikeouts. He improves to 1-1 on the mound. Freshman Dakota Dill allowed just one run in the final two innings to earn his second save of the year.

    The Cougar offense did its part to assist the pitching staff, scoring four runs on Kent State starter Andrew Chafin. Entering the series this weekend, Chafin had not allowed a single run in 19.1 innings. Houston scored a fifth run on reliever Dan Slavik to close out the contest.

    Senior Caleb Ramsey and juniors Matt Creel and John Cannon led the way at the plate, all recording two hits.

    After Houston gave up a run to the Golden Flashes in the second inning, Cannon tied things up in the fourth with an RBI single to left field.

    The Cougars then took control of the game in the fifth inning. Freshman Landon Appling hit an infield single and stole second base before Ramsey put runners on first and second with a single to the shortstop. The pair stole second and third before scoring on sophomore Chase Jensen's double to left field. Creel's single to right field would allow Jensen to score and give UH a 4-1 lead.

    Senior Ryan Still would score the final Cougar run of the night off Ramsey's single through the right side in the sixth inning.

    Kent State would post runs in the seventh and eighth inning but it would not be enough as UH improves to 10-9 on the season and 1-0 in the series.

    Houston will continue the series against Kent State at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and it will conclude at 1 p.m. Sunday.



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