April 6, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team dug itself a 4-0 hole in the third inning that it was never able to climb out of, suffering a 5-2 loss to the Lamar Cardinals Wednesday night at Cougar Field.
Houston (16-15, 3-0 C-USA) gave up four runs to Lamar in the third inning and was forced to play catch up the rest of the way.
The Cougars looked to chip away at the deficit in the third inning. Senior Caleb Ramsey reached base after being hit by a pitch and scored on junior Matt Creel's RBI single to left field but it would be the only run of the inning for UH.
Houston would then cut the Cardinals' lead in half in the bottom of the fourth inning. Senior Joel Ansley singled up the middle to put a runner on base before stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball. Ansley would go on to score when senior Ryan Still attempted to steal second and the ball bounced out of the second baseman's glove and rolled to centerfield.
After the two runs, Houston would not cross home plate against in the contest. The Cougars, however, gave themselves multiple opportunities to take the lead in the contest as they left 15 runners stranded on base in the game, including leaving the bases loaded twice with two outs.
Lamar would close out the game with a run in the ninth inning off Joey Latulippe's RBI double to centerfield.
Senior Taylor Hammack fell to 0-2 on the mound. In his second start of the year, Hammack allowed four runs on four hits in 2.1 innings. Senior Chase Dempsay turned in 4.2 innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts. Sophomores Travis Jenkins and Dakota Dill and freshman Luke Moran pitched the final 1.2 innings of the game.
At the plate, sophomore M.P. Cokinos led the team with three hits and Creel had two with an RBI.
Houston will 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.