March 23, 2010
Nocogdoches, Texas - The University of Houston baseball team defeated Stephen F. Austin, 10-3, Tuesday afternoon at Jaycees Field. UH posted runs in each of the first three innings, including seven in the second, on their way to improving to 10-9 on the season.
The contest also marked the first game in the state of Texas for UH in more than two weeks.
Mo Wiley earned the win on the mound to improve to 2-2. He went five innings, giving up two runs with three strikeouts. Chase Dempsay gave two innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts and Ty Stuckey and William Kankel closed out the game. Stuckey allowed one run in 1.1 innings.
The Cougars also fared well at the plate, registering 13 hits. Caleb Ramsey finished 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. Travis Trial made the second start of his career and finished 2-for-3, scoring three runs with an RBI.
The Cougars started strong in their return to Texas, scoring a run in their opening at bat. Zak Presley singled to left center and scored on Matt Creel's single to right field. SFA answered in the home half of the inning, scoring a run to knot the score, 1-1.
Houston batted through the lineup in the second inning to post seven runs and extend their lead, 8-1. The Cougars recorded three singles to open the inning and Austin Gracey scored the first run on Trial's single to center field. Blake Kelso earned a walk to load the bases and Presley followed with a second walk to plate Chris Wallace. Joel Ansley plated two Houston runners with a single through the left side. A wild pitch put Ansley and Presley in scoring position and despite grounding out to the pitcher, Creel extended Houston's lead with an RBI. Ramsey followed with an RBI double, and Matt Murphy plated the eighth Cougar run with an RBI single to center field.
Trial scored Houston's ninth run in the third inning to give them a 9-1lead on Presley's sacrifice to left field and he capped the scoring in the eighth inning, reaching home on Ramsey's single to the pitcher.
After answering Houston's run in the first, SFA was held scoreless until the sixth inning and their final run came in the ninth inning.
Houston will return to Cougar Field after nearly a month on the road to play a second game against Stephen F. Austin. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.
THE Rayner Noble SHOW
Fans should note that Monday's regularly scheduled The Rayner Noble Show was moved to Wednesday due to the team's late return to Houston on March 21 after spending 10 days on the West Coast. The show will begin at 4 p.m.