March 20, 2010
Tempe, Ariz. - The University of Houston baseball team lost the opening game of a three-game series against No. 1 Arizona State, 10-1, Friday night at Packard Stadium.
The lone highlight of the night for the Cougars was Caleb Ramsey's solo home run in the seventh inning to avoid a shutout. The long ball was his second this season.
The Cougars now stand at 9-7 on the year with two games remaining in the series. The Sun Devils remain undefeated with an 18-0 record.
Houston put itself in a position to score early in the contest. Blake Kelso singled to right field to open the game and Zak Presley walked to put two runners on with no outs but ASU pitcher Seth Blair retired the next three batters to end the inning. The Cougars paid for it in the home half of the inning when ASU's Zack MacPhee hit a two-run home run over left field to take the early 2-0 lead.
It looked as though Houston had shaken off the dust after a rough first inning, going three scoreless innings against Arizona State before MacPhee's RBI single to left field scored a third ASU run. The scoring continued in the sixth inning. The Sun Devils hit back-to-back home runs, including a grand slam to score five of their six runs in the inning.
Following Ramsey's home run in the seventh, ASU scored one final run in the bottom of the inning for the final run total.
The series will continue at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and conclude on Sunday at 3 p.m.