March 23, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team lost the first game in the annual Silver Glove Series, 7-2, to the Rice Owls Wednesday night at Reckling Park.
The Cougars (11-11) scored in their opening at bat, as senior Caleb Ramsey drew a walk and scored on junior Matt Creel's single up the middle. But the Owls were able to answer in the bottom of the inning, plating two runners to take a 2-1 lead.
After Rice extended its lead, 4-1 in the third inning, junior Jake Runte cut the deficit in half. After leading off the fourth inning with a walk and advancing to second on an error by the Rice shortstop, Runte would score on freshman Landon Appling's sacrifice fly to right field.
The score would remain at 4-2 through the next two innings before the Owls were able to capitalize on a leadoff walk and back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the seventh inning to score three runs.
Sophomore Chase Jensen led the Cougars with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate, while Creel was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Freshman Chase Wellbrock went 2.1 innings in the start on the mound. He gave up four runs on eight hits with one walk. Junior Jordan Mannisto pitched 3.2 innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts. Creel and sophomore Travis Jenkins combined to close out the final two innings.
Following the midweek contest against Rice, Houston will travel to Fort Worth, Texas to play a three-game series against TCU. The series will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, continue at 2 p.m. Saturday and conclude at 1 p.m. Sunday. All three games of the series will air on The Mtn.-MountainWest Sports Network.