Baseball Silenced in C-USA Opener
March 23, 2012
W: Andrew Pierce (3-1)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
17 Houston was fanned a season-high 17 times against Southern Miss pitching, including 15 times by starter Andrew Pierce.
11 The Cougars outhit Southern Miss, 11-6. It was the first time all year Houston had double-digit hits and didn't score a run.
3 Senior Codey Morehouse got his first start in the lineup this season, playing first base. He finished with a 3-for-4 effort with two doubles to lead Houston at the plate.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. --Southern Miss starter Andrew Pierce fanned 15 Cougars and held the University of Houston baseball team scoreless as the Cougars dropped their C-USA opener, 8-0, to the Golden Eagles on Friday night in Hattiesburg, Miss.
With the loss, Houston fell to 9-11 on the year and 0-1 in conference play, while Southern Miss improved to 13-9 and 1-0.
The Cougars outhit Southern Miss, 11-6. It was the first time this season Houston recorded 10+ hits and didn't score a run.
Senior Codey Morehouse, in his first start this season, led Houston at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort with two doubles. Junior Jacob Lueneburg (2x4) and freshman Price Jacobs (2x4, 2B) also recorded a multi-hit game with two base knocks.
On the bump, senior starter Jordan Lewis (2.1,3,5,4,4,2) exited the game after 2.1 innings of work, surrendering four earned runs on three hits and four walks for the loss, falling to 3-3 on the year.
Pitching well out of the pen was junior Jordan Mannisto (3.2,3,2,0,1,5) who fanned a career-high five Southern Miss hitters in 3.2 innings in relief. Sophomore Chase Wellbrock (1.0,0,0,0,0,2) pitched a hitless frame and fanned two.
Southern Miss took an early 3-0 lead on a three-run homerun off the bat of Ashley Graeter. The Golden Eagles then went on to plate four runs on three hits and an error in the third to extend their lead to 7-0. They added one final run in the eighth on three free passes and a sacrifice fly.
Pierce (7.0,7,0,0,0,15) fanned 15 Houston hitters in a 7.0-inning shutout win, while not allowing a single walk and seven scattered hits.