Houston Baseball Survives Slugfest
Cougars Club 13 Hits To Defeat San Diego State 13-7
San Diego, CA -- After almost four hours the University of Houston and San Diego State baseball teams combined for 20 runs, 26 hits and even 11 errors in the field, but the Cougars came out on top to record a 13-7 in the second of a three-game weekend series Saturday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego.
Houston built a 10-1 lead through four innings and stretched the margin to 13-3 after the top of the sixth, but the Aztecs fought back for four runs and even had the bases loaded with no one out in the bottom of the eighth before UH could close out a 13-7 final. It marked the third time in just five games into the season that the Cougars have slugged 13 hits.
Two of the 13 hits were home runs, Houston's first two of the year. In the second inning junior Josh Snook hit a two-run homer to left to make the score 6-0. Two batters later sophomore Chris Snyder knocked a solo shot well past the 410-foot mark in straight-away centerfield. The top half of the UH lineup was 10-for-16 with nine runs and six RBI.
Sophomore right-hander Bryan Harris picked up his second win of the season after working 5.0 innings for the second time in as many starts. The native of Pearland allowed two earned runs, scattering six hits and walking two while striking out a career-high six batters. Nathan Mitchell pitched the final two frames and got Houston out of the jam in the eighth with a strikeout and a 5-4-3 double-play grounder.
Houston improved to 3-2 overall while San Diego State fell to 2-3. The teams conclude the three-game weekend series Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific time). The game will be broadcast live on the internet on the SDSU web site at goAztecs.com.
College Baseball Linescore Houston 340 301 200 -- 13 13 5 San Diego St. 001 020 130 -- 7 13 6Bryan Harris, Keith Whatley (6), Steven Reiss (8), Jared Grein (8), Nathan Mitchell (8) and Chris Snyder, Daron Bertillon (8); Ben Julianel, Mike Moat (1), Jon Minter (4), Erik Fielder (7) and Ben Rosenthal, Brian Manfred (1), Brian Manfred (3), Jason Hill (5), Jacob Minter (7), Troy Perdue (9).
Records- Houston 3-2, San Diego State 2-3.