Feb. 12, 2011
HOUSTON - In front of a large crowd of fans at Cougar Field, the University of Houston baseball team knocked off the a team of former Cougars 25-10 Saturday afternoon in the Alumni Game.
The seven-inning affair was a tune-up for the Cougars who will open the 2011 season Feb. 18 against UT-Arlington at Cougar Field.
Houston scored at least one run in each inning of the contest, while holding the alumni scoreless through the first three innings.
The Cougars started off strong in the first inning, as Doug Drabek hit his first two batters of the afternoon. Chase Jensen would plate the first run on a double and M.P. Cokinos' sacrifice fly scored the second run. Jensen would score on a wild pitch to give Houston a 3-0 advantage after one inning.
The best at bat for the Cougars came in the third inning. UH batted through the line-up and scored nine runs to take a 13-0 lead.
The alumni scored four runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by Bryan Tully. The Cougars answered by tacking on five runs in the bottom of the inning.
The alumni had their most productive inning of the afternoon in the top of the fifth, scoring five runs. Bruce Rios then hit the alumni team's second home run of the game in the sixth inning.
Houston scored a run in the fifth inning and David Murphy helped the Cougars score six runs in the sixth inning with a three-run home run. Neither teams scored a run in the final inning.
Houston will open the 2011 season Feb. 18 against UT Arlington. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Cougar Field. The series will continue Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and conclude Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.