April 15, 2011
Charleston, W. Va. - The University of Houston baseball combined for 12 runs on 15 hits to take a 12-1 win over the Marshall Thundering Herd in game one of a doubleheader Friday afternoon at Power Park.
With the win, Houston (18-18, 5-2 C-USA) improved to 4-0 on the road in Conference USA play.
On the mound, junior Matt Creel improved to 5-4, pitching 6.2 innings. He allowed just one unearned run on three hits with two strikeouts. Freshman Chase Wellbrock closed out the final 2.1 innings. He did not give up a hit or run and struck out four batters.
Cokinos started the game scoring senior Caleb Ramsey on an RBI single up the middle in the first inning. He would then push the Cougars' lead to three, 3-0, with a two-run home run to left field in the third inning. The home run was his second of the season.
Houston would continue to add to their lead, scoring a run in the fourth and fifth innings. Freshman Landon Appling led off the fourth reaching base after being hit by a pitch. Ramsey would move him a base on a sacrifice bunt before a throwing error by Marshall's Gary Stafford would allow him to score from second base.
Junior Codey Morehouse led off the fifth inning with a single through the right side and scored on a groundout to second base with the bases loaded.
UH was held scoreless in the sixth inning, just their second scoreless inning of the contest. However, they would answer with seven runs in their final three at bats.
In the seventh, Ansley and senior Ryan Still led off the back-to-back singles. With runners at the corners, Appling singled to left center putting the Cougars up 8-0. Still would then go on to score on sophomore Chase Jensen's sacrifice bunt.
Houston's biggest inning of the afternoon came in the eighth as they posted four runs. Morehouse drew a walk to start the inning and advanced to second on junior Austin Gracey's sacrifice bunt. Four of the next five batters would reach base on singles to score three runs.
Freshman Jonathan Davis would draw a pinch hit walk and score the final run of the game on Appling's RBI single to right center.
Following the series against Marshall, Houston will be back home for a three-game series against East Carolina. Due to Easter on April 24, the series against the Pirates will be held on April 21-23. The series will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, continue at 6:30 p.m. Friday and conclude at 1 p.m. Saturday.