June 2, 2008
University of Houston Sports Information Office For Immediate Release: June 1, 2008 Contact: Jeff Conrad (713) 557-3841 (cell) COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Senior outfielder Jake Stewart's RBI-single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning scored freshman DH Caleb Ramsey from second base and lifted the University of Houston baseball team to a 4-3 win over No. 9 Texas A&M on Sunday during the finals of the NCAA College Station Regional at Olsen Field.
In the ninth, Ramsey drew a one-out walk and moved into scoring position when freshman shortstop Blake Kelso drilled a single into center field. Stewart then slapped the first pitch he saw from reliever Travis Starling into center field. Although the ball was not hit hard, it found its way into center field, allowing Ramsey to score the game-winning run.
The win capped a dazzling performance by freshman righthander Jared Ray, who tossed his first career complete game. The Waco native scattered three runs off five hits and six walks with four strikeouts in a career-best eight innings to improve to 4-2 this season.
The Aggies managed only one hit through the first five shutout innings. After giving up three runs off three hits in the sixth inning, Ray, allowed only one more hit the rest of the way. In the ninth inning, Texas A&M's Brodie Greene drew a leadoff walk, stole second and eventually worked his way to third base with the potential go-ahead run, but Ray forced Jose Duran to foul out to end the threat and set up the Cougar heroics in the bottom of the ninth.
Junior infielder Jimmy Cesario went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run, while senior second baseman Ryan Lormand batted 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Ramsey added a game-high two RBIs, while sophomore catcher Austin Goolsby - making his first start at the Regional - added a two-run homer in the third inning.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 42-23 and won for the 12th time in their last 14 games. The Cougars face No. 9 Texas A&M in the championship game of the NCAA College Station Regional at 6:30 p.m., Monday, with the winner advancing to face No. 5 Rice in the NCAA Houston Super Regional beginning next weekend.
UH also won for the seventh time in its last eight NCAA postseason games at Olsen Field. In 2003, UH rallied to win the last four games on the way to claiming the title of the NCAA College Station Regional.
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The Cougars jumped ahead in the third inning with a pair of runs. Ramsey led off with a sharp single up the middle and scored when Austin Goolsby smashed a 2-2 offering over the wall in center field for a 2-0 Cougar lead.
The score remained that way until the sixth inning when the Aggies grabbed the lead with three runs off three hits and an error. Dane Carter's RBI-triple to right center plated Kyle Colligan, and Carter scored when Duran followed with a double to left field. After the Aggies loaded the bases, Darby Brown reached on a fielder's choice that scored Duran for a 3-2 lead.
The Cougars answered in the next half inning with a run of their own. Cesario led off with a triple to right center and scored easily when Lormand blasted a double to the wall in left center.