April 2, 2011
New Orleans, La. - The University of Houston baseball team improved to 2-0 in Conference USA play with a 5-2 win over Tulane Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.
With the win, Houston (14-14, 2-0 C-USA) won its seventh-straight league opening series and will look for the series sweep at 1 p.m. Sunday.
For the second straight contest, the Cougars put together a solid performance on the mound. Junior Jordan Lewis pitched a career-long 7.1 innings. He allowed just two runs on nine hits to improve to 3-0. Sophomore Dakota Dill pitched the final 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit to earn his fourth save.
Appling connected on the first pitch of the game with a double to left field. He would steal second base and advance to third on senior Caleb Ramsey's sacrifice bunt to the pitcher before scoring on sophomore Chase Jensen's ground out to shortstop.
The Cougars pushed their lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning. With one out, junior John Cannon singled up the middle before advancing to second on junior Jake Runte's single to left field. Cannon would score on junior Austin Gracey's sacrifice bunt to the pitcher.
Appling would again lead off the inning with a hit, singling up the middle in the fifth. Ramsey put two runners on base, reaching on an error by the third baseman. With one out, sophomore M.P. Cokinos doubled down the left field line, scoring Appling and Ramsey scored on Cannon's sacrifice fly to centerfield.
The two teams traded runs in the sixth inning. Junior Joel Ansley scored in the top of the inning on Ramsey's sacrifice fly to right field after reaching base on a double down the left field line, while the Green Wave's Nick Boullosa scored on Blake Crohan's RBI single to the pitcher to close out the inning.
Tulane would score a single run in the eighth inning to close out the contest.
Houston will wrap-up the series against Tulane at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Cougars will then play five games next week, beginning with a trip to College Station, Texas. The Cougars will play Texas A&M at 6:35 p.m. April 5 before returning to Cougar Field for a contest with Lamar at 6:30 p.m. April 6. UH will then continue league play with a three-game series against UAB, April 8-10.