Cougars Bounce Back with Solid 10-5 Win
March 25, 2012
W: Austin Pruitt (2-2)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
10 The 10 runs scored by Houston in the series finale was the most runs scored by the Cougars on the road this season.
17 The 17 hits was the most hits by Houston on the road this season, surpassing the previous high of 11 on the road, happening twice, once in Game 1 of this series.
7 Houston sophomore Jonathan Davis hadn't hit a triple and only had two doubles in his career until today when he plated two on two doubles and a triple for seven total bases.
HATTIESBURG, Miss.--The University of Houston baseball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as the Cougars tallied 17 hits behind starting pitcher Austin Pruitt to bounce back and earn a 10-5 win over Southern Miss in C-USA play on Sunday.
With the win, Houston snapped its two-game C-USA skid and improved its overall record to 10-12 and conference record to 1-2. Southern Miss fell to 14-10 and 2-1 with the loss.
The Cougars came up big offensively with 17 hits, a season-high and six extra base hits for another season-best.
Sophomore Jonathan Davis led Houston's offense with a 3-for-5 effort on two doubles and one triple, scoring one run and driving in two on his two-out triple down the right field line, his first of his career.
Sophomore Landon Appling (3x5, 2 R, RBI) tied his career high in hits with three, scored two runs and had an RBI, while junior Chase Jensen (3x6, RBI) opened up strong with three straight base hits, including a double.
Senior John Cannon (2x5, 2 R) scored twice and had two base knocks, while freshman Price Jacobs (2x4, 2 R, RBI) drove in a run and scored twice on a double and a single. Classmate Zack Gibson (2x4, R, RBI) had a career day at the plate with two hits, a run scored and an RBI.
Houston starter Pruitt (6.2,4,3,3,4,6) earned his second win of the season and improved to 2-2. He held the Golden Eagle hitters to just four hits and three runs in 6.2 innings of work, while fanning six, one shy of his career-best.
Senior Mo Wiley (2.1,1,2,2,3,3) struck out three in the final 2.2 innings, while allowing two runs on one hit.
Houston dominated all aspects of the game, beginning with scoring first. The Cougars posted a six-spot in the second inning on five hits and two free passes that gave way to a strong afternoon at the plate.
Southern Miss plated two in the latter half of the frame, but Houston quickly responded with another in the top of the third. Houston tallied a hit in the first six innings and went on to plate three more runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Southern Miss had its biggest inning of the day when Blake Brown belted a three-run homerun in the seventh to make it a 10-5 game.
Houston's leadoff hitter reached in the first five innings and the Cougars belted a road-high 17 hits and scored a road-best 10 runs this season.
Southern Miss starter Cody Livingston (1.0,6,5,5,0,1) took the loss.
Houston returns home for five straight games, beginning with a midweek contest on Tuesday, hosting Baylor at 6:30 p.m. at Cougar Field. Fans are encouraged to follow Houston Baseball on Facebook and Twitter and participate in Social Media Night at the ballpark.