Sunday, February 11, 2007


By Robert H. Kelly

Unable to match the power of the Arizona State bats, the Houston Cougars recorded their second consecutive loss of season, falling 11-1 in the final game for both teams at the 2007 Houston College Classic.

The Cougars were never really in the game, as the Sun Devils, who erupting for a season high 15 hits, took command of the game from the start.

They scored four runs off four hits to start their scoring attack and combined that with a solid defensive effort to overwhelm the Cougars.

The Cougars got on the board in the bottom of the 2nd on a Bryan Pounds homerun to left field to take the score to 4-1.

Arizona State came back with single runs in both the 4th and 6th innings, and tagged two more runs in both the 7th and 8th innings.

The game took its toll on the Houston bullpen, with five pitchers seeing action, allowing for the 11 runs, with 10 of them earned, on 15 hits, with 7 walks.

Pitcher Barry Laird recorded the only strikeout of the game for the Cougars, fanning the second baseman Eric Sogard in the in the 4th.

Arizona State’s Josh Satow went the distance for the win, allowing one run on six hits, with 8 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.29.

Wes Musich was given the loss allowing 5 runs on 6 hits with 4 walks and no strikeouts.

The Sun Devils are 5-1 for the season, while the Cougars fell to 2-2.

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