By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (February 25, 2011) Friday night, the University of Houston’s Cougar Field saw a battle of the undefeated as the Houston Cougars (4-1, 0-0 C-USA) faced off against the University of Mississippi Rebels (6-0, 0-0 SEC).
Ole Miss downed the Cougars 4-2 in front of 1233 fans.
The Rebels got on the scoreboard first when Alex Yarbrough doubled down the left field line, scoring Tanner Mathis from second, making the score 1-0.
They scored again in the second inning when Mathis hit a sacrifice fly to left field allowing Zack Kirksey to score on the throw.
Ole Miss added another run in the fourth when Mathis got on base on a fielders choice, advancing Preston Overbey from third to home.
The Cougars finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Chase Jensen singles to the third base side, allowing John Cannon scores to score from third.
They added another run on a bases-loaded walk by Caleb Ramsey, scoring Landon Appling.
Ole Miss got back their two-run lead in the top of the seventh when Yarborough singled to left center field, scoring Blake Newalu from second.
The Cougars never could get their bats connecting, recording seven hits in the game while committing two errors.
Appling went 2 for 3 with one run for the Cougars while Newalu went 3 for 4 for Ole Miss.
Matt Crouse got the win, giving up six hits, striking out eight while walking a single batter. He is now 2-0 on the season.
Codey Morehouse took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits. He goes to 1-1 on the season.
Both teams will face off again in game two of the three-game series on Saturday evening with a 7:00pm start.