April 28, 2010
Ramsey's hit to win the game preserved a 21-game hitting streak, which is tied for the fourth longest in school history.
The Cougars trailed most of the contest and by as many as five, 6-1, in the fifth inning but fought back and snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 6-1 lead through the top of the fifth inning and the Cougars were only able to answer with a single run in the bottom of the first. Joel Ansley led off the inning with a single through the right side. Blake Kelso and Ramsey each recorded sacrifice bunts to move him to third base before scoring when Chase Dempsay reached base on an error.
Houston battled back, posting three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kelso led off with a single to right field. He would steal second base and an overthrow by Lamar catcher Joey Latulippe would send him to third base. Dempsay followed with a single through the right side that plated Kelso. Zak Presley walked and Chris Wallace loaded the bases with a single to left field. Matt Creel and Jake Runte would then earn walks in the next two at bats to send in two Cougar runs.
UH would go on to tie the contest, 6-6, in the eighth inning. Ramsey was hit by a pitch and Dempsay recorded a walk, putting the tying run on base. Presley's RBI single pulled the Cougars within one and Creel's sacrifice fly to centerfield tied the game.
The two teams would trade runs in the 10th inning before Ramsey gave the Cougars a win in the 11th inning.
Houston now stands at 2-1 in extra inning games this season and improves to 17-23 on the year.
On the mound, Ty Stuckey earned the start. He turned in 4.1 innings allowing six runs but tied a career-high with six strikeouts. Tanner Shiflett pitched 5.2 innings of relief. He gave up just one run and struck-out a career-high seven batters. Barry Laird pitched the final inning of the contest to earn the win.
Houston takes to the road for the second weekend in a row when they travel to Birmingham, Ala., for a three-game Conference USA series against UAB, Friday through Sunday. The Cougars will then have the next week off before hosting Tulane, May 7-9, at Cougar Field.