Baseball Loses Series Opener To Memphis, 6-3
May 19, 2011
HOUSTON - After jumping out to a 3-0 lead after two innings of play, the University of Houston baseball team surrendered four runs to the Memphis Tigers in the fourth inning, dropping the series opener 6-3 Thursday night at FedEx Park.
Houston falls to 24-29 on the season and 11-11 in Conference USA play. They are now in a tie for fourth place with Memphis in the C-USA standings.
Junior Jordan Lewis went 4.1 innings in his 15th start. He allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits with four strikeouts. After freshman Dustin Fuerst and junior Jordan Mannisto made an appearance in relief, senior Taylor Hammack came in to pitch the final 3.1 innings. He gave up five hits but held the Tigers scoreless with two strikeouts.
Houston jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. With runners at first and second, sophomore M.P. Cokinos singled to right center. Memphis right fielder Ford Wilson mishandled the ball, allowing both runners to score and Cokinos to advance to second base. Still then added to the Cougars lead in the next inning, scoring Cannon from third base with an RBI single to shortstop.
From there it would be all about Memphis as they would score a run in the bottom of the second and third innings before a four-run fifth inning gave them the lead for good.
Memphis' first run in the bottom of the second inning came when Eli Hynes singled to right field and senior Caleb Ramsey bobbled the ball, allowing Phillip Chapman to score.
The Tigers then pulled within one, 3-2, in the bottom of the third inning. With runners at the corners, Jacob Wilson hit a fly ball at the edge of the infield but Still would drop it giving the Tiger runner a chance to score from third base.
Ford Wilson's home run down the left field line would tie the score 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning. T.J. Rich would send home the go ahead run on a single to right field and Memphis would take a 6-3 lead on J.D. Wallace's two-run single to right field.