April 27, 2011
Beaumont, Texas - With the score tied 3-3 in the sixth inning, the Lamar Cardinals scored three runs to go on to earn a 7-4 win over the University of Houston baseball team Wednesday night at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
The Cougars (20-22; 7-5 C-USA) fell behind 3-1 after the first inning of play but was able to battle back and tie the score 3-3 in the fourth inning. Junior Austin Gracey led off the inning with a double to left field and senior Joel Ansley put runners at the corners with a single to right field. Ansley would score on senior Ryan Still's sacrifice bunt down the first base line and senior Caleb Ramsey would tie the score with a single to left field.
Andrew Dewey would begin a three-run rally for the Cardinals in the sixth inning. He would start things off by reaching base on a walk before giving Lamar a 4-3 lead, scoring on Ted Zentek's single to left field. With two outs, the Cardinals added to its lead, scoring two runs off a single from Wade Mathis and a double from Cameron Campbell.
Houston opened the seventh inning with three-straight singles and cut the deficit to two, 6-4, on junior John Cannon's fielder's choice to third base.
The two-run deficit would be as close as the Cougars would get as Lamar scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on Campbell's RBI single through the left side for the final run total of the game.
Senior Taylor Hammack fell to 0-3 on the mound, giving up three runs on two hits in one inning of relief. Junior Codey Morehouse made the start, pitching 4.2 innings. He gave up three runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
UH took the early 1-0 lead, scoring a run in its first at bat. Still led off the contest with a walk for the Cougars and moved into scoring position on Ramsey's double to right field. Still would put the Cougars up 1-0, scoring on a dropped fly ball in shallow centerfield by Lamar shortstop Aaron Buchanan.
The Cardinals answered in the bottom of the inning, putting runners on second and third to set up Jeff Abt's three-run home run.
With the loss, Houston drops to 49-26 all-time against the Cardinals.
Houston will jump back in to Conference USA action when they travel to Orlando, Fla., for a three-game series against UCF this weekend. The series begins at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday, continues at 3 p.m. CT Saturday and concludes at 10 a.m. CT Sunday.