Cougars Fall in Extra-Inning Marathon
April 15, 2012
W: Jerad McCrummen (2-1)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
17 Houston recorded a hit in 17 consecutive innings, which began in the sixth inning of Game 1 and lasted until the fourth inning of Game 3 of the series.
1 Casey Grayson belts his first home run in a Houston uniform on the first pitch he saw as a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth inning with two outs, driving in three.
6 Houston put together a six-run eighth inning. The six runs scored all came with two outs.
2 Codey Morehouse has now tripled in two consecutive games for his second triple this season and fifth of his career.
4 John Cannon tied his career high in hits with four. The last time the senior had four base knocks came against Kent State on March 26, 2011.
LUBBOCK, Texas--The University of Houston baseball team rallied from a 9-1 deficit to tie the game in the ninth, following a six-run eighth inning, but would fall in 12 innings, 10-9, to Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action.
Despite the loss and falling to 12-21-1 overall, the Cougars overcame its largest deficit of the season to force the game into extras after trailing 9-1 heading into the eighth inning. Texas Tech improved to 22-15 overall with the win and would sweep the series and take all four games from Houston this season.
The extra-inning game was the third played this season for the Cougars as they hold a record of 0-2-1 in the three games.
Houston tallied 13 hits as three Cougars slugged for a multi-hit game. Senior John Cannon (4x5, R, RBI) led the offense with a career-tying four hits, one run scored and an RBI. Juniors Chase Jensen (2x5, 2 R), Jacob Lueneburg (2x4, 2 R, RBI) each had two hits for Houston. The biggest hits of the game came off the bats of junior Casey Grayson (1x1, R, 3 RBI), who belted his first career home run in a Houston uniform on a pinch hit at-bat to drive in three runs in the eighth and off the bat of senior Codey Morehouse (1x6, 2 RBI) who tripled to drive in two runs to tie the game in the ninth.
Houston tallied 17 consecutive innings with at least one hit ntil the streak ended in the fifth inning of Sunday's series finale. The streak began in the sixth inning of Game 1 and lasted through the fourth in Game 3, a season-high for the Cougars.
Texas Tech took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after three hits, which included two doubles. Houston quickly responded with a run of its own in the third when White led off the frame with a walk. He took second on a wild pitch, third on a flyout to centerfield and later scored on an infield single by Lueneburg to make it a 2-1 game.
The Red Raiders went on to score four over the next two frames to extend their lead to 6-1 through four innings following four hits and two walks.
Houston starter Austin Pruitt and sophomore reliever Chase Wellbrock combined to shut Texas Tech down over the next two innings before the Red Raiders struck again in the seventh with three runs on four hits.
The Cougars put together their best offensive inning of the weekend in the eighth as they went on to plate six runs, all with two outs, sparked by a three-run homerun off the bat of pinch hitter Casey Grayson on the first pitch of the at-bat.
Down 9-7 and with one chance to keep the game alive, Lueneburg and Jensen both single with two outs, allowing Morehouse to drive them in on a triple down the right field line to tie the game at 9-9.
Starter Pruitt (5.0,8,6,6,2,2) allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in 5.0 innings of work with two strikeouts to record the no-decision after Houston tied the game in the top of the ninth.
Morehouse (4.2,6,1,1,2,3) moved from first base to pitcher in the eighth inning to toss 4.2 innings in relief. The righty allowed just one run on six scattered hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
The senior pitched four scoreless innings in relief to give the Cougars a chance late in the game.
Texas Tech leadoff hitter in the ninth reached on a very close infield single that later proved to be winning run in the 12th inning. Morehouse would suffer the loss and fall to 1-2 despite a strong relief effort for Houston.