April 5, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team scored one run in the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie and knock off the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies, 3-2, Tuesday night at Olsen Field.
With the win, Houston (16-14, 3-0 C-USA) closes out its stretch of nine road games with a 5-4 record and is 1-1 this season against the Aggies.
Junior Jordan Mannisto improves to 2-1 on the mound after coming in to pitch the final 1.1 innings of the contest, allowing just one hit. Junior Codey Morehouse made the start, putting in 7.2 solid innings. He gave up two runs on five hits and tied a career-high with six strikeouts.
With the contest knotted, 2-2, senior Ryan Still led off the top of the ninth inning with a walk. He would steal second and third base to set up sophomore Chase Jensen's RBI single to third base to give UH the go ahead run.
The Cougars capitalized on three of Texas A&M's four walks in the contest. With one out in the second inning, junior Austin Gracey drew a walk and advanced to third on senior Joel Ansley's double to right center field. The Cougars would take a 1-0 lead during the next at bat when Still grounded out to second base, allowing Gracey to score.
UH scored on a third walk in the fourth inning, as junior John Cannon earned a walk to open the inning. He would advance to second on Gracey's sacrifice bunt to first base and score on Ansley's RBI single up the middle.
Charlie Curl cut the Houston lead in half with a solo home run over the left field fence in the fifth inning and Tyler Naquin's RBI double to right center in the eighth inning would tie the score 2-2.
Houston returns home for a 6:30 p.m. matchup on Wednesday with Lamar. It marks the first home game for the Cougars since March 20. UH will then continue Conference USA play with a three-game series against UAB, April 8-10. The series begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, continues at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday.