April 2, 2010
HOUSTON - Despite home runs from Zak Presley and Joel Ansley, the University of Houston baseball team could not hold off the Rice Owls, falling 11-2 in the second game of the series on Friday night at Reckling Park.
The Cougars (12-13; 2-3 C-USA) fall to 0-3 this season against the Owls, giving them their 10th consecutive Silver Glove Trophy. The series will conclude at 2 p.m. on Saturday and the final game of the five-game Silver Glove Series will be played on May 18 at Cougar Field.
Presley started things off for the Cougars in their opening at bat. With one out, the senior hit his second home run of the year over the left field fence, giving Houston their first lead against the Owls this season. Caleb Ramsey and Matt Murphy added back-to-back singles to put two runners on base but the Owls got out of the jam when Ansley struck out into a double play, throwing out Murphy who attempted to steal second base.
Houston held the Owls scoreless in their first at bat but they quickly look back the lead, scoring two runs in the second inning.
Ansley, who had the Cougars only hit in the series opener, eventually tied the contest, 2-2, in the fourth inning with his second home run of the season.
Once again the two teams traded the lead when Rice posted a single run in the fourth inning to go ahead 3-2. They added to their lead when Jeremy Rathjen hit a two -run home run in the fifth inning. A four run sixth inning and two runs in the seventh gave the Owls their final total, 11-2.
William Kankel went 3.2 innings on the mound to open the game. He gave up three runs on five hits with three strikeouts. The Cougar bullpen surrendered eight earned runs on nine hits and no strikeouts to close out the game.