March 25, 2011
HOUSTON --The University of Houston baseball team rallied to score six runs in the ninth inning, overcoming a 6-1 deficit to defeat No. 11 TCU, 7-6, Friday night at Lupton Stadium.
After drawing back-to-back walks to open the ninth inning, junior Tyler Magliolo loaded the bases with a single to left field. After the first out of the inning, senior Ryan Still singled through the right side to send home the first Cougar run. Freshman Landon Appling followed with another Cougar single and senior Caleb Ramsey grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing another UH run to score. Houston took the lead for good on junior Matt Creel's two-run double to right center.
Despite the lead, Houston still needed to hold off TCU in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore Dakota Dill entered the game to pitch the final inning, quickly striking out his first two batters. He would walk Joe Weik but pitched Kyle Von Tunglen into a ground out at third base, securing the Cougar win.
The Cougars didn't get on the board until the eighth inning when Still scored on an RBI single by sophomore Chase Jensen.
TCU took the early 4-0 lead after the second inning before scoring their final two runs in the sixth inning.
Freshman Luke Moran earned the win on the mound after pitching 2.2 scoreless innings. He surrendered just one hit and struck out three batters. Dill recorded his third save of the year, pitching the final inning with two strikeouts. Junior Mo Wiley made his second-straight Friday night start. Against the Horned Frogs, he gave up six runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
Jensen extended his hitting streak to 14 games after going 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs. Still was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Houston will continue its series against TCU at 2 p.m. Saturday, while the finale game of the series is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Sunday.