13-Run Fifth Lifts USM Over Cougars, 17-2
March 24, 2012
W: Jake Drehoff (3-0)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
13 Southern Miss plated 13 runs in the fifth inning, the most Houston has allowed in one inning.
1 Junior Chase Jensen recorded his first steal of the season, a straight steal home in the first inning.
17 The 17 runs given up in Saturday's game was the most surrendered all season by the Cougars, which resulted in a 7-inning run-rule.
HATTIESBURG, Miss.--The University of Houston baseball team faced a hot-hitting Golden Eagle team that used a 13-run fifth inning to take a 17-2 win in seven innings over the Cougars in C-USA action on Saturday evening.
With the loss, Houston fell to 9-12 overall and 0-2 in conference action, while Southern Miss improved to 14-9 and 2-0 in C-USA play.
Houston jumped out to an early lead when sophomore leadoff hitter Landon Appling led off with a walk. Appling was then plated by junior Chase Jensen, who belted a triple, his first of the year to right center. Quickly following, Jensen broke home for a straight steal to put the Cougars up 2-0.
Southern Miss starter Jake Drehoff (7.0,2,2,2,2,3) settled in following the first and retired 11 straight from the second through the fifth frames. The only other Houston hit he surrendered was off the bat of Cougar starting pitcher Codey Morehouse in the first as well.
Drehoff earned the win to improve to 3-0 on the year.
Morehouse (3.1,6,3,2,1,3) left after 3.1 innings of work as Houston was trailing by just one at 3-2. The senior righty made his first start on the mound this season, but suffered the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year after allowing two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
Houston's pen struggled and allowed 13 runs to cross in the fifth inning on nine hits and two errors. Southern Miss connected on 18 hits to Houston's two.