April 17, 2009
In his first Friday start of the season, Ray pitched six innings, allowing four runs, five walks while earning his second win of the season. Joseph came in to pitch the final three innings giving up just one hit while striking out two batters.
The shutout victory was the Cougars first this season and their first since a 5-0 win over Stephen F. Austin on April 15, 2008.
The Cougars lone run came in the fourth inning. Chase Dempsay reached base on a fielder's choice after Zak Presley was thrown out at second base. With one out, William Kankel advanced Dempsay to second on a walk and he would go on to score after a Chris Wallace single.
With the win, Houston improves to 16-20 on the season and 6-4 in league play.
With thunderstorms entering the area on Saturday, the Cougars will move up first pitch for the second game of the series to 1 p.m. The series finale on Sunday is also scheduled for 1 p.m.
Following the weekend series, Houston will play two mid-week games against Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday at Lamar on Wednesday at Cougar Field before traveling to Marshall for a three-game series on April 17-19.