Baseball Rallies Before Falling One-Run Short in Extras
May 24, 2012
W: Bradley Roney (2-1)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
20 Landon Appling extends his reach base streak to 20 consecutive games with his single in the first inning on Thursday.
5 Appling tied a C-USA Tournament record with six other former players with five base knocks in a single game.
PEARL, Miss.—Suffering its second straight gut-wrenching loss at the C-USA Championship this season, the University of Houston baseball team fell 8-7 in 10 innings to Southern Miss at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss.
The Cougars dropped to 17-35-1 this season, while the Golden Eagles improved to 31-24 with the win.
Sophomore Landon Appling showed well in a career outing at the plate, producing a 5-for-6 effort, scoring three runs and driving in one. His five hits surpassed his previous high of three hits, which came on six different occasions. The five hits recorded by Appling tied a C-USA Tournament record in a single game with six other players. With his single in the first inning, Appling has now reached base safely in 20 straight games.
Houston connected on 13 hits. Following Appling in base knocks was freshman Michael Pyeatt with a 3-for-6 performance with a run scored and two RBI. Junior Chase Jensen (2x5, RBI) and senior Codey Morehouse (2x4, R) each added a two-hit effort, while freshman Price Jacobs (1x5, R) added a hit and junior Jacob Lueneburg (0x4, RBI) drove in a run.
Southern Miss jumped on board early with a three-spot in the third inning on two hits and two free passes. Down 3-0, Houston starter Austin Pruitt (6.2,9,5,5,1,6) settled in and began to shut the Golden Eagle hitters down in the fourth and fifth without issuing a hit.
The Golden Eagles used six hits over the sixth and seventh innings to add two insurance runs to go up 5-1 after Houston scored its first in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch.
The Cougars made it a game in the seventh when it rallied to plate four runs and tie the game at 5-5. Seven straight Houston hitters reached base safely with one out to plate four, led by a two-run double by Pyeatt and RBI hits by Appling and Jensen.
All tied, Southern Miss plated runs in the eighth and ninth to go up 7-5. Houston was down to its last chance in the latter half of the frame when Appling opened the frame for his fifth hit. He was followed by singles off the bat of Pyeatt and Jensen to load the bases. The Cougars would plate Appling on a wild pitch and later Pyeatt on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Lueneburg. Southern Miss escaped the frame and forced extras after Houston left two on in the final frame.
A leadoff walk and two hits led to the game-winner for Southern Miss in the 10th.
Pruitt worked 6.2 innings as Houston’s starter, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Senior Mo Wiley (2.2,3,3,3,3,3) entered in the seventh for Pruitt. The righty would go on to suffer the loss, falling to 2-2 on the season after allowing three runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings of relief work. Junior Aaron Stewart (0.2,1,0,0,0,0) pitched the final two outs for Houston, surrendering one hit.
Southern Miss’ Bradley Roney (3.0,3,2,2,3,4) earned the win in relief, while Chase Horn (0.2,0,0,0,0,0) picked up the save.
Houston Head Coach Todd Whitting Opening Statement
On the ﬁnal game of the tournament against Memphis…
On the eﬀort of senior pitcher Mo Wiley…
On the eﬀort of sophomore center ﬁelder Landon Appling (Tied C-USA Tournament record with ﬁve hits in a game)
Sophomore Center Fielder Landon Appling
On the game Friday against Memphis…