May 13, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Houston baseball team pounded out five runs in the first inning and never looked back in taking a 10-5 win over Memphis during the rubber match of a Conference USA series Sunday afternoon at Nat Buring Stadium.
The Cougars struck for the game first runs in their first at bat in a big way, scoring five times off three hits and a pair of Memphis errors. Ryan Lormand led off with a single to left field and moved to second following Felix Fanaselle's single through the right side. Following a walk to Jimmy Cesario loaded the bases, Dustin Kingsbury's single through the left side plated Lormand and Fanaselle. After Josh Stirneman reached on a fielder's choice and Luis Flores was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, Bryan Tully lifted a sacrifice fly down the right-field line to plate Cesario.
Zak Presley followed with a high fly ball into shallow center field that was misplayed, allowing Stirneman to score from second base. Flores also came around in the confusion to hand the Cougars a 5-0 lead before throwing their first pitch.
The Tigers would cut into the lead several times over the remainder of the game, but the Cougars eventually answered with runs of their own to win the regular-season series.
Felix Fanaselle went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs, while Ryan Lormand batted 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Dustin Kingsbury finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBIs, and Zak Presley batted 2-for-3 with a pair of runs in the win.
Making his first start on the mound, Tully limited an explosive Memphis offense to four runs off seven hits and a pair of walks with a strikeout in six innings. His start nearly tripled his previous long of 2.1 innings set against Sam Houston State on Feb. 13.
Freshman southpaw Donnie Joseph earned his first career save after holding the Tigers to only one run off two hits with a strikeout during the final three innings.
Memphis starter Will Hudgens collected the loss and fell to 4-1 after giving up eight runs (six earned) off eight hits and a walk with a strikeout in 5.2 innings.
Michael Murray went 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI, while Bill Moss batted 2-for-4 with a run, double and three RBIs.
The Cougars wrap up their non-conference regular-season schedule at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday when they face area-rival Sam Houston State at the SHSU Baseball Complex in Huntsville.
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Following the Cougars' first-inning outburst, the Tigers answered in the bottom of the frame with a run on Joey Lieberman's RBI-single to center field.
The Cougars pushed another run across in the second inning. Fanaselle lined a double down the left-field line and moved to third following Cesario's single to left field. Kingsbury then lifted a sacrifice fly into center field for a 6-1 Cougar lead.
Memphis pulled to within 6-3 in the third inning when Moss' two-run homer bounced off the left-field foul pole.
The Cougars added another run in the fourth inning. Presley led off with a single up the middle and moved into scoring position following Chris Joseph's sacrifice bunt. The Keller native moved to third after a wild pitch and scored easily on Lormand's sacrifice fly to left field.
The Tigers cut the lead down to 7-4 in the fifth inning when Moss' RBI-double down the left-field line rolled to the wall, scoring Murray from first base.
The Cougars added a single run in the sixth inning with a two-out rally. Presley lined a triple to the wall in right center and, after a Memphis pitching change, scored easily when Chris Joseph smashed an RBI-single through the left side for an 8-4 UH lead.
In the seventh inning, Chris Kirkland led off with a single to right field and eventually worked his way around the bases to score on Murray's sacrifice fly to right field to pull the Tigers to within 8-5.
The scored stayed that way until the ninth inning when the Cougars iced the game with two more runs. Lormand was hit by a pitch and moved all the way to third on Fanaselle's line drive up the middle. Cesario laid a safety squeeze down the first-base line to plate Lormand, and, after moving to third base on a wild pitch, Fanaselle scored on Kingsbury's infield single.