Cougars Win 12-Inning Showdown; Fall in Game 2 vs. Tulane
May 12, 2012
HOUSTON-- Sophomore Landon Appling's single in the 12 inning of the suspended Game 1 on Saturday sent the University of Houston baseball team on with a 5-4 win over Tulane, before the Cougars dropped a 5-2 contest in Game 2 of the series at Cougar Field.
Houston finished the day with a 17-29-1 overall record and a 5-14-1 mark in C-USA play, while Tulane sits at 34-17 and 11-9. Cougar Field also notched a season-high in attendance for Saturday's night cap with 1,604 fans.
W: Jared Ray (2-4)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
1 Senior John Cannon belted his first homerun of the season on a 2-0 count to left field in the sixth inning to pull the Cougars within one at 4-3.
8 This was the eighth straight start that junior Austin Pruitt has gone at least 5.0 innings for Houston and fourth straight he has gone at least 6.0 innings.
4 Freshman Michael Pyeatt notched a career-high four hits in the win over Tulane.
GAME 1: Houston 5, Tulane 4 (12 innings)
Pruitt exited the suspended game in the bottom of the seventh after tossing 7.0 strong innings for the Cougars, allowing three earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts. Ray took over in the eighth and was lights out. His 5.0-inning work out of the pen was dynamite as he allowed just three scattered hits, one walk with six strikeouts for the win, improving to 2-4 on the year.
Appling's single to left field in the 12th inning plated freshman Michael Pyeatt, who opened the frame with an infield single to second base. After three hits, including knocks by senior Codey Morehouse, Pyeatt and Appling, Houston earned its first extra inning win of the year.
Friday began with Tulane going up 3-0 on Houston following early runs in the first and second inning, but Pruitt settled in and shut down the Green Wave over the next three frames, surrendering just one extra run in the sixth.
Houston trimmed Tulane's lead in the fifth with two runs following RBI-singles by Appling and senior Jake Runte. Down by one heading into the sixth, senior John Cannon took a 2-0 pitch to dead left field for his first homerun of the season and fourth of his career to make it a one-run game. Lightening then struck and forced the game to be suspended until Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Houston came out of the gates and connected on all cylinders as Morehouse opened the bottom of the seventh with a double to left center. A perfect sacrifice by Appling moved him to third and allowed Runte to drive him in on his second RBI of the game.
Tied at 4-4, Ray executed and dominated the Green Wave on the bump, while the Cougars had their chances to take the lead. Stranding five runners over the ninth and 10th innings, the Cougars kept fighting and found a way to win late.
Pyeatt led Houston at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored for a career-outing for the freshman. Morehouse followed with a 3-for-3 performance and two runs scored, after entering the game at third base for Houston in the fifth. Also notching a multi-hit game were four other Cougars as Appling (2x5, 2 RBI) and Runte (2x6, 2 RBI) each drove in two on two hits, along with Cannon (2x6, R, RBI) and junior Jacob Lueneburg (2x4), who each tallied two base knocks.
The Cougars out hit Tulane, 16 to 12.
W: David Napoli (7-2)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
9 John Cannon extended his current hit streak and now a career-high streak to nine games with his single in the eighth inning.
15 Landon Appling's 3-for-3 effort at the plate allowed him to notch a team-best 15 straight games reaching base safely.
2 Senior Jake Runte drove in two runs for the second straight game for the Cougars.
GAME 2: Tulane 5, Houston 2
The Green Wave went up 2-1 in the seventh, but Houston's Runte was able to plate his second RBI of the game with a perfect sacrifice bunt following two singles by freshman Price Jacobs and Appling.
A 2-2 game and one that saw senior starter Jordan Lewis (8.2,10,5,5,3,5) handling quite well against counterpart David Napoli (8.0,7,2,1,3,6). A one-out double sparked a three-run ninth for the Green Wave as they went on two use another double and a triple to take the late lead over the Cougars.
Lewis suffered the loss, despite pitching 8.2 solid innings. The senior allowed five runs on 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Freshman Ryan Vruggink (0.1,1,0,0,0,0,0) allowed one hit, but inherited two base runners in the ninth.
The Cougars posted eight hits, led by Appling's 3-for-3 effort and one run scored. Runte drove in two on a single and a sacrifice for a 1-for-3 performance. Also tallying a base hit were Lueneburg (1x4), Cannon (1x4), who extended his hit streak to nine for a career-best, Pyeatt (1x4) and Jacobs (1x3, R).