April 17, 2011
Charleston, W. Va. - The University of Houston baseball team battled back from a 4-2 deficit in the series finale against the Marshall Thundering Herd to come away with a 10-7 win Sunday afternoon at Power Park. The Cougars improve to 19-19 on the year and 6-3 in Conference USA play.
The Cougars entered the fifth inning trailing 4-2 when senior Ryan Still scored on sophomore Chase Jensen's infield single to the shortstop. The run cut the deficit to one and Houston regained the lead in the next inning as they scored two runs. Cannon started the inning drawing his second leadoff walk and junior Matt Creel and senior Joel Ansley hit doubles down the opposite baselines to help Houston regain a 5-4 lead.
Sophomore M.P Cokinos padded the Cougars' lead, with runners on first and second he doubled to left center, scoring a run in the seventh inning. Cannon then came to the plate and laid a bunt down the first base line, allowing sophomore Chase Jensen to score.
Houston was able to hold off a rally by the Thundering Herd in the bottom of the seventh inning. They scored two runs but Ansley made a great catch in left field to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded.
The Cougars answered with their biggest inning of the day. With two runners on base, Jensen hit a triple over the centerfielder's head to score two runs in the eighth inning and Jensen came home on the next at bat, a single through the right side by Cokinos.
Marshall closed out the game, scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Creel started the game off battling back from a 0-2 count in the second inning to hit his first home run of the season. The home run put the Cougars up 2-0, scoring Cannon from first after he reached base on a leadoff walk.
The Thundering Herd evened the score in the bottom of the third inning, scoring a run on a double to right field by Victor Ramos and an infield single to third base from Isaac Ballou.
Marshall then took its first lead of the game in the fourth inning on Victor Gomez' two run home run to left centerfield.
Jensen finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with three RBIs and he scored three runs. Creel added a 2-for-3 performance with three RBIs and he scored two runs.
On the mound, senior Chase Dempsay earned the win, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings.
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.