May 21, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Houston baseball team closed out the 2011 regular season with a 14-0 seven-inning victory over the Memphis Tigers Saturday afternoon at FedEx Park. With the win, Houston finishes the regular season with a 25-30 overall record and a 12-12 mark in Conference USA play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the league standings.
The 14-run win over the Tigers is the largest margin of victory this season for the Cougars and the most in C-USA play since a 20-3 win against UCF on March 28, 2010.
The UH offense put on a show in the finale, connecting on 16 hits, including a home run from sophomore M.P. Cokinos and freshman Landon Appling. Cokinos led the way at the plate going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Appling added two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs. Sophomore Chase Jensen also had two hits, three RBIs and scored two runs.
On the mound, junior Mo Wiley turned in six scoreless innings with three strikeouts to improve to 4-4. In his last two outings, Wiley has allowed just one run in 15 innings. Junior Codey Morehouse pitched the final inning, allowing two hits.
After two disappointing losses in the opening games of the series, Houston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. With runners on first and second, senior Ty Stuckey put the Cougars on top 2-0 with a double to right center. Cokinos' single put runners at the corners to set up Jensen's sacrifice fly to deep centerfield, scoring Stuckey from third base.
Senior Caleb Ramsey would push the Cougars' lead to 4-0 in the second inning with a double to left centerfield, scoring Appling from second base.
After being held scoreless in the third and fourth innings, Houston plated three runs in the fifth inning, all coming with two outs on the board. Junior Matt Creel started things off with a double to left center but he wouldn't stay on base long, as Cokinos would clear the bases with a two-run home run over the left field fence. Jensen followed with an infield single and junior John Cannon drew a walk to put two runners on base before Morehouse's double to left field sent Jensen home.
Houston closed out the contest with its biggest inning of the day, plating seven runs in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Cokinos and Jensen would connect on back-to-back doubles to push the Cougar lead to 11-0. Cannon followed with a single through the left side, putting runners at the corners. That at bat would set up Appling's first home run of the season over the left field fence, giving UH the 14-0 win.
Houston will head to Pearl, Miss., for the 2011 Conference USA Baseball Championship presented by Trustmark, May 25-28. The tournament schedule will be released upon completion of Saturday's games.