April 30, 2011
Orlando, Fla. - Junior Jordan Lewis showed why he is the reigning Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, pitching a complete game shutout win against UCF Saturday afternoon at Jay Bergman Field. Lewis struck out seven batters and allowed just one extra base hit in a 5-0 win over the Knights.
Lewis' complete game shutout performance was the first by a Cougar since Jared Ray's 7-0 shutout win over Marshall on April 24, 2009.
In five conference starts, Lewis has been spectacular. He has allowed just five earned runs with 26 strikeouts in 35.2 innings of work.
With the win, Houston evens the series against UCF 1-1 with the finale scheduled for 10 a.m. CT Sunday. The Cougars improve to 21-23 overall and 8-6 in C-USA action.
Houston got off to a hot start in the second game of the series against the Knights. Still singled to the third baseman and moved to third on two stolen bases to open the game. He would put the Cougars up 1-0, scoring on a wild pitch by UCF pitcher Ray Hanson that also allowed sophomore M.P. Cokinos to reach base.
Senior Caleb Ramsey added to the Cougars' lead in the third inning. He reached base on a single to right field and advanced to second on Cokinos' sacrifice bunt before scoring on Creel's double to the left field corner.
For the third time in four innings Houston put its leadoff batter on base to open the fourth and it proved to be the biggest inning of the afternoon for UH. Senior Joel Ansley would reach base on a single to left field and junior John Cannon's bunt down the first base line put runners on first and second. It set up freshman Landon Appling's RBI double down the right field line. Still would keep the inning going, reaching base on a fielder's choice and a fielding error by the UCF first baseman Jonathan Griffin plated Appling during Ramsey's at bat. Still would score the final run of the afternoon on Cokinos' single to centerfield.
The Cougars will close out the series against UCF at 10 a.m. CT Sunday. Following the series against UCF, UH will have a few days of rest before they host cross-town rival Rice in a three-game series, May 6-8 at Cougar Field. All three games of the series will air on Comcast Sports Southwest.