April 29, 2011
Orlando, Fla. - The University of Houston baseball team traded leads with the UCF Knights but came up on the losing end 6-4 in the series opener Friday night at Jay Bergman Field.
With the loss, Houston falls to 20-22 on the season and 7-6 in Conference USA action.
The Cougars took the first lead of the game, 1-0, in the second inning. Freshman Landon Appling's RBI single to left field scored sophomore Chase Jensen from third base. But the Knights would answer in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead on Derek Luciano's two-run home run to right field.
The Cougars wouldn't trail the Knights for long as they put together a two-run fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Senior Joel Ansley started things off for the Cougars with a double to left center. He would score on senior Ryan Still's triple down the right field line and senior Caleb Ramsey's double to right field gave UH the one-run lead.
UCF would take the lead back for good in the fifth inning. Three-straight singles would load the bases and all three base runners would go on to score before the inning was over. Travis Shreve would score the final run of the game for the Knights in the sixth inning on Beau Taylor's double down the right field line.
Ramsey finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two doubles. Five other Cougars finished with at least two hits. On the mound, junior Mo Wiley fell to 2-3. He gave up five earned runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings. He also struck out three batters. Sophomore Dakota Dill closed out the game, pitching the final 2.2 innings with one strikeout.
The Cougars will continue the series against UCF at 3 p.m. CT Saturday, with the finale set for 10 a.m. CT Sunday.