Marshall Evens Series with 4-3 Win Over Cougars
April 21, 2012
W: Jesse Fernandez (1-0)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
10 Houston out hit Marshall, 10-8, in Saturday's loss.
6 With Michael Pyeatt's two hits, he is now riding a six-game hit streak dating back to the series opener at Texas Tech on April 13.
4 Houston has now played the last four games to one-run results. During the four games, the Cougars are 1-3.
HOUSTON— The University of Houston baseball team saw its 3-1 lead slip away when Marshall scored three in the final four innings to earn a 4-3 win over the Cougars on Saturday at Cougar Field in C-USA action.
Houston dropped to 13-23-1 overall and 2-8-1 in conference play, while Marshall improved to 14-24 and 2-9 and evened the series at 1-1 heading into Sunday’s series finale.
Junior Austin Pruitt (8.0,8,4,3,1,5) pitched 8.0 solid innings, surrendering just three earned runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts. The right-hander suffered the loss, falling to 2-3 on the season.
Houston tallied 10 hits and outhit Marshall as the Thundering Herd connected on just eight. The Cougars were led by freshman Michael Pyeatt (2x4, R, RBI) and sophomore Jonathan Davis (2x4) with two hits apiece. Sophomore Landon Appling (1x4, RBI) and sophomore Price Jacobs (1x2, RBI) drove in a run with a base hit.
Marshall went up 1-0 in the top of the fourth following a solo homerun, but Houston responded quickly with three runs of its own four hits, including RBI-singles by Pyeatt, Jacobs, and Appling to put the Red and White up 3-1.
The Thundering Herd tied the game at 3-3 after plating runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Houston had its chances to break the game open in the eighth after two singles by Pyeatt and Runte and a walk by Jacobs loaded the bases. However, Marshall reliever Jesse Fernandez worked out of the jam to get the final Cougar swinging.
Playing through a stalemate into the ninth inning, Marshall took advantage of a single to right field that turned into a two-base error, putting its leadoff runner at third with no outs.
Senior Mo Wiley (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) replaced Pruitt following that hit. A wild pitch would put Marshall up 4-3 before three final outs.