Saturday, June 25, 2016

Crosby HS WR Mannie Netherly commits to play college football for LSU

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By Robert H Kelly
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CROSBY, TEXAS (June 25, 2016) Heading into his final year of high school football, one Houston area player knows what colors he will be wearing when he takes the field in the fall of 2017. Crosby High School senior Emmanuel (Mannie) Netherly announced on Friday evening, June 24, 2016, via his Twitter account, that he will attend Louisiana State University and will play for the Tigers beginning in 2017. The 6-2, 183-pound quarterback and wide receiver had offers from over 20 other schools, including Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Texas.

Netherly led Crosby High School to a 11-1 record in 2015, with a 10-0 regular season record while posting an 8-0 record in route to the district championship. In the playoffs, Crosby defeated Lumberton by the score of 42-13 in the first round of the Class 5A Division II before falling to Fort Bend Ridge Point 42-14 at NRG Stadium in the second round.

The future LSU Tiger will bring impressive stats to Baton Rouge. He posted a 4.48-second 50-yard dash, along with a 4.32-second shuttle run and a 36.9-inch vertical jump. In his junior year at Crosby, as a wide receiver, he caught 60 passes for 1,002 yards and 18 touchdowns. In addition, he carried the ball 22 times for 230 yards and four touchdowns. When playing quarterback, he completed 13 of 23 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He was a first team all-district selection at wide receiver and was named to the Texas Sports Writers Association's all-state second team. Netherly and the Crosby Cougars will kick off the 2016 season on Friday, September 2, 2016 against Manvel High School.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Houston Dynamo, D.C. United play to scoreless draw

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 18, 2016) Battling for 90-plus minutes at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Houston, neither the Houston Dynamo nor D.C. United could get the ball into the net and as a result, fought to a scoreless draw in front 19,774 fans on Star Wars Night. The draw gives both teams one point in the standings. The Dynamo are now 3-7-5 (14 points) while D.C. United posts a 4-6-5 (17 points) after 15 games in the 2016 season.

In 23 meetings, the Dynamo holds a 13-6 advantage, with four draws. In 12 meetings at home, Houston posts a 9-1 advantage with two draws. The match was the only regular season meeting between the two teams in 2016. The game was the third consecutive draw for the Dynamo under interim head coach Wade Barrett, after the resignation of Owen Coyle on May 25. The Star Wars theme of the game drew many fans decked out in shirts paying homage to the movie series, with many dressed in costumes of the favorite Star Wars character.
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With their 3-7-5 record, the Dynamo currently reside in last place of the Western Conference while D.C. United is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Colorado Rapids currently lead the west with a 9-2-4 record, while the Philadelphia Union is in first place in the east with a 6-4-5 record. Next up for the Dynamo is a Sunday, June 26 matchup against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. They return to BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday, June 29 to face Sporting Kansas City in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

SFA forces deciding game with 1-0 win over Sam Houston at Southland Conference Tournament

SFA's Conner Fikes scored the Lumberjacks only run in
their win over Sam Houston.
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By Robert H Kelly
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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 28, 2016) The No. 8 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks extended their season by at least one game as they defeated the No. 1 Sam Houston State Bearkats by the score of 1-0 in an elimination game of the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, Texas on Saturday, May 28, 2016, The game, which was played at Constellation Field, forced a 4 p.m. rematch between the two squads, with the winner advancing to the tournament final against the No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Sunday, May 29 with a 12 noon first pitch.

The Lumberjacks scored the game's lone run in the sixth inning when first baseman Stephen Stuart singled to right field on a 2-1 pitch, allowing designated hitter Conner Fikes to advance to home from second base. It was the seventh RBI for the Cypress, Texas native, who played his junior college ball at Blinn Junior College, in Brenham, Texas. With the win, the Lumberjacks raised their record to 30-29 while the Bearkats fell to 39-20. Right-handed reliever Austin Hearn received the win, his second of the season; facing three batters, throwing six pitches in a single innings. SHSU starter Dakota Mills received the loss, giving up the single SFA earned run on six hits, while facing 21 batters.


McNeese State eliminated by Southeastern Louisiana in Southland Conference Tournament

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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 28, 2016) The No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana Lions extended their season and advanced to the championship game of the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament with a 4-1 win over the No. 6 McNeese State Cowboys on Saturday, May 28, 2016. The game was the first matchup of the day at Constellation Field in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, Texas.


The Lions got on the scoreboard early in the game with single runs in both the first and second innings. Left fielder Ryan Byers connected on his first pitch for a double down the right field line. The hit sent leadoff batter Jacob Seward home from third base. The center fielder got on base with a hit on a 2-1 pitch down the right field line; his fourth triple of the season. The RBI was Byers’ 29th for 2016. Their second run occured when shortstop Brennan Breaud singled through the left side, scoring designated hitter Daniel Midyett from third base.



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Over the next five innings, little action occurred until Cowboy second baseman Joe Provenzano, on a 1-1 pitch, sent the ball to deep center field for a stand up triple, his second of the season. It was the first hot for McNeese in the game. Matt Gallier was next to bat when starter Domenick Carlini sailed a wild pitch past catcher Sam Robertson, allowing Provenzano to advance to home for McNeese’s only run of the game. When Gallier drew a walk to place the tying run on base, Lion head coach Matt Riser decided Carlini was done. He brought in right handed reliever Josh Green to complete the inning.

The Lion one-run difference would be short lived as Robertson tattooed an 0-1 pitch over the awing covering the party deck in left field for his first home run of the season. The round tripper gave the Lions a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning. They added an insurance run later in the inning when Seward grounded out to second base, allowing third baseman Derrick Mount to score from third base. The Lions will next face the winner of the Sam Houston versus Stephen F. Austin matchup in the tournament final on Sunday, May 29, 2016 with a 12 noon scheduled first pitch.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

McNeese State advances in Southland Conference Baseball Tournament

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By Robert H Kelly
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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 25, 2016) Capitalizing on 10 hits, the No. 6 McNeese State Cowboys took the first game of the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament with a 3-0 win over the No. 3 Northwestern State Demons on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The tournament returned to the Houston area in 2016 and is being played at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.

The Cowboys, who raised their season record to 30-23, scored a single run in the seventh inning, adding two additional runs in the eighth. The Demons managed only four hits in the loss with starting pitcher Adam Oller, who pitched seven complete innings, receiving the loss. Cowboy starting pitcherKaleb Fontenot raised his record to 6-5 for the season with the win. The Ville Platte, Louisiana native faced 29 batters, gave up two hits, while striking out 12 and walking only three. Collin Kober, pitching one inning in relief, gave up two hits and was credited with his ninth save of the season. CatcherCameron Toole was 1-for-3 for the Cowboys with one run and one RBI. Center fielder Ricky Ramirez was also 1-for-3, with one run. Shortstop Will Fox went 3-for-4 to increase his hit total to 43 in 2016.

With the loss, the Demons drop to 33-23 and will face the loser of the New Orleans vs. Southeastern Louisiana game on Thursday, May 26 with a 9 a.m. first pitch. McNeese State will play the winner of the New Orleans-Southeastern Louisiana matchup on Thursday, May 26 with a 4 p.m. start. In other action on Wednesday, No. 1 Sam Houston will face No. 8 Stephen F. Austin at 4 p.m. with No. 4 Lamar taking on No. 5 Central Arkansas in the nightcap with a scheduled 7 p.m. start.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bridgeport Bluefish fall to Sugar Land Skeeters in 3-0 shutout

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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 22, 2016) The Sugar Land Skeeters scored three runs on seven hits as they shutout the Bridgeport Bluefish by the score of 3-0 at Constellation Field in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, Texas on Sunday, May 22, 2016. With the win, the Skeeters go to 17-14 in 2016 and take a one-half game lead in the Atlantic League Freedom Division. The Bluefish drop to 10-20 and remain in the cellar of the Liberty Division. 


The Skeeters got on the scoreboard first in the second inning when third baseman Patrick Palmeiro connected on a 2-2 pitch for a single and an extra base; sending home first baseman Johan Limonta from second base. The hit was Palmeiro’s ninth of the season and his sixth RBI of 2016. Sugar Land extended their lead with runs in the fourth and fifth innings on hits and RBIs by shortstop Beamer Weems and left fielder Jeremy Barfield. The fifth inning RBI by Barfield was his tenth of the season and the ninth in the last seven games. Sugar Land starting pitcher Bryan Morgano received the win, throwing five complete innings while facing 19 batters and striking out four. The left-hander raised his season record to 2-3 on six starts in 2016.

Sugar Land will next hit the road for a seven-game road trip prior to returning home to face the New Britain Bees on Tuesday, May 31. They will play the Somerset Patriots on May 24-26 in a three-game series; closing out the road trip with a four-game series versus the Lancaster Barnstormers on May 27-30. The series against the Bees will be a short three-game home stand on May 31-June 2. On June 3, the Skeeters begin a three-game series against the Long Island Ducks on the road.

Music and Crawfish Festival held to benefit Kyle Academy for Autism

Crawfish, music, and fun were the order of the day at the
First Annual Crawfish Festival
benefiting the  Kyle Academy for Autism.
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PEARLAND, TEXAS (May 14, 2016) On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the First Annual Crawfish Festival benefiting the Kyle Academy for Autism was held at the Lions Club of Pearland in Pearland, Texas. The family-friendly event was the first large fundraiser for the Academy that is opening in the fall of 2016. Eight hundred pounds of crawfish were cooked for the over 250 attendees. Some of the children spent the day dancing to the music and doing the limbo, while others had the faces panted, played the numerous games and competed in events when the winners were awards pies. The adults, in addition to consuming the ample supply of crawfish and beverages, were able to shop the many vendors who were
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displaying 
their wares and participate in the silent auction. The weather was picture perfect for the May afternoon and everyone in attendance has a blast.

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The Kyle Academy for Autism was founded by Brian and Jackie Scott. After learning their middle son Deacon, who was diagnosed with autism at the of two and a half, would not be eligible for therapy, due to his age this year, and would only be eligible for life skills classes, they decide to take action. The couple began the process of preparing a future for not only their son, but for others just as special as him.

Before leaving her job as a junior high special education teacher of eight years, Jackie provided daily transportation for Deacon. She now provides curriculum for her son’s therapy school, in addition to leading the Academy in providing a fun, unique, and meaningful Christian education to children with autism. For more information, or to donate to the Kyle Academy for Autism, please visit www.kyleacademy.com.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Houston Dash drop 1-0 decision to Orlando Pride in NWSL action

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 20, 2016) The Houston Dash battled the Orlando Pride to a scoreless draw through 82 minutes of play, but could not hold on and dropped a 1-0 decision on Friday, May 20, 2016 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Houston fell to 2-3-1 for the season while the Pride raised their season record to 4-2-0.

The first half was a fairly uneventful affair, with neither team able to get the ball into the goal. The Dash did manage three shots on goal in the first 45 minutes and generated a stubborn defense that did not allow any shots on goal by the Pride. Captain Kealia Ohai had one of the three shots for Houston, with forward Rachel Daly and midfielder Denise O’Sullivan accounting for the other two.

Houston did a good job of controlling the Pride in second half, but ran out of luck in the 82nd minute when Kirsten Edmonds shot from outside the box and slipped it by Dash goalkeeper Lydia Williams for the score. It was the first goal of the season for the Metuchen, New Jersey native, who played her college soccer for Rutgers University. The second half saw the Dash make two additional shots on goal, with the Pride evening the shots with five of their own. Midfielder Amber Brooks and defender Stephanie Ochs accounted for the two Dash shots in the second half.

The Dash again were without the services of 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd. The United States national team captain suffered a sprain of her medial collateral ligament of her right knee on April 23 against the Pride. The injury did not require surgery but her recovery is still progressing.

The Dash will have seven days to prepare for their seventh game of the 2016 season; a Friday, May 27 home match against the Washington Spirit. The Spirit are 4-0-1 (13 points) and in first place in the National Women’s Soccer League. Houston dropped a 2-1 decision against Washington on May 14 at Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Houston Cougars take second game of Silver Glove Series over Rice Owls

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 10, 2016) The Houston Cougars evened the 2016 series at 1-1 as they downed the No. 13 Rice Owls by the score of 10-0 in the second game of the Silver Glove Series on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Reckling Park in Houston, Texas. The Owls took the first game of the three-game series on March 22 by the score of 7-4 at Darryl and Lori Schroeder Park on the campus of the University of Houston. The two teams will play the final game of the series on Tuesday, May 17 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.

The Cougars jumped out to a quick four-run lead after three innings by getting one runner home in the second inning and three more in the third. Seven batter faced Rice starter Zach Esquivel in the inning with Houston scoring their three runs on two hits and one error. The added three more runs in the fourth inning to take post a 7-0 lead after 21 outs. The Owls came to bat in the bottom of the fourth, but were unable to cut the Cougar lead. Houston added an insurance run in the fifth to increase their lead to 8-0 and two addition runs in the seventh inning to make the score 10-0.

The Cougars are  77-102 against the Owls in a series that dates back to 1948. The Cougars won that first matchup by the score of 10-5 at Rice. When Rice has hosted the Cougars, the Owls have posted a 53-29 record in addition to recording a 6-3 record when they have faced each other at a neutral site.

The Cougars post a 28-19 for the season and 8-9 in conference action. They are currently tied with Connecticut for fourth place in the American Athletic Conference, with six conference games to go. The will play at Cincinnati on May 13-15 and host Tulane on May 19-21. The Bearcats are in third place in conference with a 10-7-1 record. Tulane leads the conference with an 11-5 record. They will begin play at the American Baseball Championship on May 24 with the tournament final scheduled for May 29.

Rice currently leads Conference USA with six conference games remaining. The will face Florida Atlantic at Reckling Park on May 13-15 and finished out the regular season when they travel to Ruston, Louisiana to take on Louisiana Tech. After that, they travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to play in the Conference USA Tournament on May 25-29.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Houston Dynamo downs Sporting Kansas City 2-0

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 8, 2016) The Houston Dynamo won their second game of the 2016 season with a 2-0 decision over Sporting Kansas City in front of 20,071 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday, May 7, 2016. With the win, Houston moves to 2-5-2 on the season with eight points. Kansas City drops to 4-5-2 and 24 points.

The Dynamo took the lead in the 30th minute when captain Giles Barnes took a flicker pass from Erick Torres and drilled it past Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia for the first goal of the game. Houston doubled their goal number in added time of the first half whenAndrew Wenger found an open lane to the net and scored his third goal of the season, allowing the Dynamo to take a 2-0 lead to the locker room at halftime.

The victory ended a six match winless streak for the Dynamo, with their last win coming on March 12 when they downed FC Dallas by the score of 5-0 in the second game of the season. In head-to-head meetings, Houston has defeated Kansas City nine times while losing to their MLS opponent five times. Ten matches have ended in ties. The win gives the Dynamo five victories at home over Kansas City as opposed to three losses. Five Dynamo home games versus KC have ended in ties.

The Dynamo will next face the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday, May 11 at Avaya Stadium with a 9:30 p.m. CDT start. They will return home on Saturday, May 14 for a 4 p.m. CDT match against Real Salt Lake.

At the same time the Dynamo were defeating Sporting Kansas City, their female counterpart, theHouston Dash, also came away with a 2-1 win against FC Kansas City in National Women’s Soccer League action. Denise O’Sullivan scored in the 69th minute and Chioma Ubogagu added the Dash's second goal in the 70th minute for the win.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

HBU Track and Field Adds Eight More for 2017

One of the signees, Samara Hodges, is third in the nation and tied for the state lead in the high jump

From HBU Department of Athletic Media Relations Press Release

HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 24, 2016)  HBU head track and field coach Theresa Fuqua and her staff have announced eight more student-athletes, including one in the top three in the nation in the high jump, to National Letters of Intent to compete for the Huskies in 2017.

Samara Hodges comes from Mayde Creek High School in Katy, Texas. She is currently tied in the state lead in the high jump with a leap of 5’10”. Hodges’ mark also has her tied for third in the United States amongst high school girls. This season she has won seven of her eight high jump competitions.

Tatyana Jones is a hurdler from Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. She was the 2015 Idaho state champion in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.71.

Brandy Thomas competes in sprints at Lamar High School in Houston. Thomas’ specialty will be the 400 meters. She has a PR of 57.20 and is the 2016 District 20-6A Champion.

Sarah Tabor is a distance runner from Needville High School who will specialize in cross country and the longer distances on the track. Tabor finished fourth at the 2014 4A UIL State Cross Country Championships.

Imani Jacquet is a thrower from Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown, Texas. She is the 2016 District 22-5A Champion in the Shot Put and Discus. Jacquet has a shot put PR of 39-6.5 and is currently ranked 16 in Texas in the 5A division.

Chantel Ward is another thrower from West Columbia High School. She will specialize in all throwing events and is currently ranked eighth in the state of Texas in the 4A division.

Fuqua and her staff have signed two men who will specialize in jumps in Dominic Swoopes and Shemar Smith.

Dominic Swoopes will compete in hurdles and jumps and comes from Kingwood High School. He has PRs of 14.87 in the 110 Hurdles, 38.29 in the 300 Hurdles and 22-0.5 in the Long Jump. Dominic was the lead leg for Kingwood at the 2015 State Championships that won with a time of 3:12.44.

Shemar Smith competes in sprints and jumps at Whitehouse High School. He has PRs of 10.44 in the 100, 21.84 in the 200 and 22-5 in the Long Jump. Smith is the 2016 District 16-5A Champion in the 100 meters and his 10.44 mark puts him as the Texas leader in the 5A division.

2017 signees
Faith Crayton – distance – Tomball, Texas (Klein Oak)
Miracle Crayton – distance – Tomball, Texas (Klein Oak)
Ashlyn Dobson – hurdles – Baytown, Texas (Barbers Hill)
Samara Hodges – jumps – Katy, Texas (Mayde Creek)
Imani Jacquet – throws – Baytown, Texas (Goose Creek Memorial)
Tatyana Jones – hurdles – Boise, Idaho (Centennial)
Shemar Smith – sprints/jumps – Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse)
Dominic Swoopes – hurdles/jumps – Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood)
Sarah Tabor – distance – Needville, Texas (Needville)
Brandy Thomas – sprints – Houston, Texas (Lamar)
Chantel Ward – throws – West Columbia, Texas (West Columbia)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Houston and Seattle battle to draw in MLS action at BBVA Compass Stadium

Alex Monteiro De Lima (14) goes up for a header versus Seattle.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 10, 2016) The Houston Dynamo scored with 10 minutes remaining in the first half and held on until added time in the second half when the Seattle Sounders scored the equalizer to tie the score a 1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, April 10, 2016. With the draw, the Dynamo moved to 1-2-2 for the season, while Seattle posts a 1-3-1 record. The draw was the second of the season at home for Houston and raised their season point to four.


The Dynamo goal, which came in the 35th minute, was scored by forward Giles Barnes and was the second of the season for the Houston captain. The assist was credited to defender Jaili Anibaba, his first for 2016. The draw was the fourth all-time for the Dynamo against the Sounders, with Houston remaining unbeaten against Seattle in Houston. They have three home wins against Seattle in six meetings, with three games ending in a draw. In their last matchup, they battled to a 1-1 draw on October 18, 2015 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The draw was also the second for Houston head coach Owen Coyle against Seattle, who now posts a 0-1-2 record against the Sounders.

In the final seconds of the four-minute added time, Seattle forward Oalex Anderson sent a pass from the far post to defender Chad Marshall, who tapped it past Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis for the draw. The goal was Marshall’s first of the season and Anderson’s assist was his first of 2016.

Next up for the Houston Dynamo will be a rare Friday evening game, on April 15 against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CDT in Houston, The Sounders will host Philadelphia in their next match, on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Houston uses Casey's three-run homer to shutout George Washington

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 24, 2016) The No. 16 Houston Cougars used seven hits and a three-run home run by Clay Casey to shut out the visiting George Washington Colonials by the score of 5-0 at Darryl and Lori Schroeder Park on the campus of the University of Houston on Thursday, March 24, 2016. The win raised the Cougars’ home record to 11-3 and their season record to 14-7.

Houston first got on the scoreboard on a RBI single by catcher Conner Wong, sending centerfield Corey Julks home from third base. Julks connected for a single as the leadoff batter in the inning and promptly stole second base. He reached third base when an unassisted out at first base on designated hitter Grayson Padgett allowed him to advance. They added three more runs in the third inning when Casey swung on a 1-1 pitch from Bobby LeWarne, sending the ball over the right-center field for his fifth home run of the season. The three-RBI homer also scored Josh Vidales and Julks, who were on second and first, respectively.

Third baseman Justin Montemayor added to the Cougar scoring assault when he singled to right field on a 2-2 pitch to score Wong from second base for Houston’s fifth run of the game. It was his sixteenth RBI of the season. At that point, Colonial head coach Gregg Ritchie decided Jordan Sheinkop had had enough and sent relief pitcher Randy Dalrymple to the mount. Sheinkop lasted one-third of an inning in relief. Right-hander starter Mitch Ullom, throwing eight complete innings, received the win, his third of the season, while LeWarne received the loss, his second of the season. Both teams will continue the Easter weekend series with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Friday, March 25, 2016.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Houston falls to Rice 7-4 in first game of Silver Glove Series

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 22, 2016) The No. 16 Houston Cougars and the Rice Owls took to the grass inside Darryl and Lori Schroeder Field on the campus of the University of Houston on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 for the first game of their annual Silver Glove Series. After playing an intense nine innings, Houston dropped a 7-4 decision to the Owls.

Rice jumped out to an early two-run lead in the first inning and extended their lead to 4-0 after the second inning. The Cougars responded in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs to cut the Owls’ lead back to two. Rice tallied their fifth run in the fifth inning, with Houston responding the keep the Owls’ two run advantage intact heading into the final four innings of the game. Houston, after a momentous seventh innings which saw their bats explode for four hits and one run. With one out in the ninth inning, Rice capitalized on two Houston errors to add two additional runs to their total to close out the scoring.

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The second game of the Silver Glove series will a May 10 matchup at Reckling Park on the Rice University campus. The third meeting between these two cross-town rivals, and the possible rubber game of the series, will take place at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas on May 17. Both games have a scheduled 6:30 p.m. first-pitch.

Next up for the Cougars is a three-game home series against the George Washington Colonialsbeginning on Thursday, March 23 with a 6:30 p.m. start. They will continue the series on Friday, March 24 with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch and finish it up on Saturday, March 25 with a 1 p.m. start. George Washington brings an 8-13 record into the weekend series, while the Cougars post a 13-7 mark.

Rice will host Conference USA opponent Old Dominion on Friday, March 25; followed by a 2 p.m. matchup on Saturday, March 26. They will close out their three-game series with a noon meeting on Sunday, March 27.