May 17, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston baseball team lost its home finale, 8-5, to the UTSA Roadrunners Tuesday night at Cougar Field.
Houston gave up a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning but battled back to tie it, 4-4, in the bottom of the inning before the Roadrunners took the lead for good in the fifth inning.
Senior Ty Stuckey led the Cougars going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Seniors Ryan Still and Joel Ansley and junior Codey Morehouse each added two hits, while Ansley and junior John Cannon hit home runs for Houston.
Anlsey gave Houston the early 1-0 advantage in the second inning with a home run deep over the left field fence, his second of the season. Stuckey continued the inning with a double that bounced off the left field fence and Cannon put runners at the corners with a single to right field. Junior Austin Gracey then put UH up 2-0 with a single to center field.
UTSA took its first lead of the game in the fourth inning when Roadrunners Ryan Hutson and Daniel Rockett connected on a pair of two-run home runs to give UTSA a 4-2 lead.
But Cannon put the Cougars back in it, tying the score, 4-4, with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the top of the fifth inning, UTSA took a 5-4 lead when RJ Perucki scored on Tyler Carpenter's infield single after a triple to left center to lead off the inning. Leading by one, 5-4, Ryan Dalton added to the Roadruners lead, 7-4, in the sixth inning with the fifth home run of the game. Hutson would score on the home run after a lead off walk. Rockett continued the inning with a double down the left field line before scoring when Perucki reached on a fielding error by Austin Gracey at shortstop for the final run of the game.
Houston will head on the road for the final weekend of the regular season. The Cougars will travel to Memphis for a three-game series against the Tigers. The series begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, continues at 6:30 p.m. Friday and concludes at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Upon conclusion of the regular season, UH will head to Pearl, Miss., for the 2011 Conference USA Baseball Championship presented by Trustmark, May 25-28.