Cougars Pull Off Exciting Win Over OSU to Take Series
March 18, 2012
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5.1 Codey Morehouse threw a season-long 5.1 innings in relief to earn his first win of the year.
0 It was the second game in a row that the Cougars played errorless defense behind strong pitching performances.
STILLWATER, Okla.-- The University of Houston baseball team closed out an exciting series, earning a 4-3 win over Oklahoma State on Sunday afternoon to earn the series victory on the road in Stillwater, Okla.
The Cougars improved to 9-10 on the year, while the Cowboys fell to 12-9. Houston received solid work from its pitching staff to edge Oklahoma State, while never trailing in the game.
Senior Codey Morehouse (5.1,5,1,1,1,5) fanned five in 5.1 innings of work, while surrendering just one run on five scattered hits and one walk to earn his first win of the year in relief.
Morehouse entered the game out of the pen to replace starter Austin Pruitt (3.0,6,2,2,1,1), who threw well, but gave up two runs on six hits with one strikeout.
Junior Aaron Stewart (0.1,0,0,0,0,0) completed his job in relief, inducing a fly out in the ninth to give way to senior closer Mo Wiley (0.1,0,0,0,0,1) who recorded his third save of the season, fanning the final Cowboy hitter.
The Cougars were led at the plate by senior John Cannon (2x4, R, RBI), who drove in a run and scored a run on two hits. Junior Casey Grayson (1x3, R, RBI), freshmen Kendall Stacks (1x3, RBI) and Cory Kay (1x3, RBI) each drove in a run on a hit. Sophomore Landon Appling (1x4) and senior Jake Runte (1x4, R) also contributed with base knocks.
Houston went up 2-0 in the second inning after back-to-back singles by Cannon and Grayson. With one out, Stacks placed down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Grayson to first, while scoring Cannon from third. With two outs, Kay then belted a double off the left center wall to drive in Grayson for two early runs.
Runte opened the third with a leadoff single and was later driven in on an RBI-single by Cannon. A walk to junior Jacob Lueneburg eventually gave way to Houston's fourth run when Grayson plated him on a sacrifice fly.
Oklahoma State scored one run in the second and third to trim the lead to 4-2, but Morehouse went to work after that. Clutch pitching and solid, errorless defense gave way to a 4-3 advantage for the Cougars.
The Cowboys kept the game interesting late when the first two hitters in the seventh reached, plating one on an RBI-double. However, a ground out, nice catch by Appling in center and a strikeout swinging stranded a runner at second.
Houston snapped Oklahoma State's win streak on Saturday and earned the road series victory with today's win. Houston has won 3-of-4 this week, including a home victory against Sam Houston State last Tuesday.