April 9, 2011
HOUSTON - Junior Jordan Lewis struck out a career-high five batters but it wouldn't be enough to help the University of Houston baseball team even its series against the UAB Blazers, falling in game two, 6-1, Saturday night at Cougar Field.
Lewis pitched 6.1 innings, giving up one earned run on four hits to go along with his five strikeouts. He handed over the game to junior Jordan Mannisto in the seventh inning and he would go 1.2 innings on the mound, allowing one earned run on two hits. Freshman Luke Moran came in to pitch the final inning of the game. He gave up two unearned runs on one hit.
The Cougars scored their only run of the contest in the bottom of the ninth inning. Senior Joel Ansley led off with a double to left field and advanced to third on junior Tyler Magliolo's ground out to third base. Freshman Landon Appling would ground out to shortstop on the next play, allowing Ansley to score.
After four scoreless innings to open the game, UAB jumped out to a 1-0 lead with Andrew Manning's home run to lead off the fifth inning.
After a scoreless sixth inning, the Blazers would record runs in their final three at bats. They scored one run in the seventh on a bases loaded walk and two in the eighth, capitalizing on a Cougar error. UAB added two final runs in the ninth inning.
The Cougars will close out the series with UAB at 1 p.m. Sunday. Following the series with the Blazers, Houston head back on the road with a 6:30 p.m. contest at Sam Houston State on April 12. Following the midweek game, the Cougars will continue league play with a three-game series at Marshall, April 15-17.