Baseball Evens Series Against Tulane With 4-1 Win
March 28, 2009
New Orleans, La. - The University of Houston baseball team put up three runs in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and take a 4-1 lead on their way to a win over Tulane, Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium, to tie the three-game series against the Green Wave.
After a solo shot over the left field fence from Caleb Ramsey in the fourth to knot the game at 1-1, the Cougars posted three runs in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead, one they would never relinquish.
Blake Kelso led off in the sixth with a double to right field. A sacrifice bunt from Zak Presley advanced him to second and Chase Dempsay hit a double down the left field line that plated Kelso to break the 1-1 tie. The Cougars added to their total when Dempsay scored on a single to right field from Ramsey. The Cougars, however, put three more runners on base in the inning but William Kankel was thrown out trying to steal third and Matt Murphy struck out to end the inning.
Tulane took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, off a Jeremy Schaffer single to right field, scoring Josh Prince who reached base on a double down the right field line.
Houston got a scare in the third inning when Tulane loaded the bases on two walks and a single with two outs but freshman pitcher Michael Goodnight struck out Jamie Bruno to end the inning and strand three runners on base. Goodnight's strikeout was one of six he recorded in the game. The six strikeouts tie a career-high. He also has six Ks against Cal Poly on March 8.
Goodnight pitched 6.0 innings on the night to record the win. He gave up just five hits, one run and struck out six.
In relief, Donnie Joseph entered the game in the seventh inning and struck out his first two batters and pitched into a ground out to the mound by the third batter. He ended the night with five strikeouts, while not giving up a run or hit for his second save of the season.