March 26, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas - Just as the Cougars had done the day before, TCU rallied to overcome a large deficit to beat the University of Houston baseball team, 16-10, Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium.
The Cougars held a 9-3 lead entering the sixth inning before the Horned Frogs put together their largest inning of the series, scoring seven runs to overcome the deficit and take a 10-9 lead.
TCU added two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to secure the win and tie the series 1-1, while the Cougars scored just one run in their final three at bats.
UH trailed TCU, 2-1 after three innings but used a three-run rally in the fourth inning to take their first lead of the contest. With one out, junior Jake Runte reached on an error by the TCU catcher and advanced to second on senior Travis Trial's single down the left field line. Senior Ryan Still loaded the bases, reaching base on an error by the pitcher. Freshman Landon Appling plated the tying run after being hit by a pitch and senior Caleb Ramsey's walk gave Houston a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Chase Jensen closed out the Houston rally with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Still.
Houston added to its lead, scoring five runs in the fifth inning. With runners on first and second, Trial hit an RBI single through the left side and Still loaded the bases with a single through the right side. Appling reached base on an error by the TCU shortstop, scoring a run. Ramsey grounded out to first base but the play allowed a run to score and Jensen put the Cougars up, 9-2 with a two-RBI single to left field.
In the bottom of the inning, Brance Rivera hit a home run to left field, cutting the Cougar lead to six, 9-3.
The Horned Frogs took a 1-0 lead after the first inning, when Aaron Schultz scored after reaching base on a double to right center field. It was the only hit allowed by junior Jordan Lewis until the home run in the fifth inning.
Cokinos knotted the score 1-1 with a home run to right center field in the second inning but the Horned Frogs quickly regained the lead with a single run in the bottom of the inning. Cokinos' home run in the second inning was his first of the season.
Lewis pitched five innings in his fifth start. He gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits with three strikeouts. Junior Jordan Mannisto gave up five earned runs on five hits in 0.1 inning of relief. Creel turned in two innings of relief, allowing six runs, one earned, on three hits with two strikeouts. Freshman Dustin Fuerst pitched the final 0.2 inning, giving up one hit with a strikeout.
Four Cougars recorded at least two hits in the game. Jensen extended hit hitting streak to 15 games, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Cokinos added a 3-for-5 performance with two RBIs and a run. Trial and Still each had two hits and scored two runs.
Houston will close out the series against TCU at 1 p.m. Sunday.