March 29, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team suffered a 7-0 defeat to the Rice Owls Tuesday night at Reckling Park.
The Owls are now 2-0 in the Silver Glove Series, while the Cougars were handed their first shutout defeat since a 6-0 setback against Arizona State, March 20, 2010. The annual series will conclude May 6-8 at Cougar Field.
The Cougars dug themselves a 4-0 hole in the second inning, giving up two runs on RBI singles by Daniel Gonzalez-Luna and Shane Hoelscher. They also allowed two runs to score on two walks with the bases loaded.
The Owls added a fifth run off Anthony Rendon's sacrifice fly to right field in the fourth inning and a sixth run of Gonzalez-Luna's single to center field in the fifth inning.
After a scoreless sixth inning, Rice loaded the bases before Keenan Cook walked in Ryan Lewis to put the Owls up 7-0. Houston ended the inning when J.T. Chargios grounded out into a double play at second base.
Junior Codey Morehouse fell to 2-4 after allowing four runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. UH relied on the bullpen to pitch the remainder of the contest. Junior Matt Creel and freshman Luke Moran turned in an inning of scoreless relief.
Houston will open Conference USA play this weekend when they travel to New Orleans, La., to face Tulane.