Friday, March 04, 2011

2011 Houston College Classic: Baylor Downs Houston 5-2

(Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography, Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved)

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 4, 2011) The Baylor Bears (5-4, 0-0 Big 12) downed the Houston Cougars (5-4, 0-0 C-USA) by a score of 5-2 to kickoff the 2011 Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The Bears scored their five runs on nine hits, while the Cougars could manage only two runs on eight hits.

The game saw a total of six errors committed—two by Baylor and four by Houston.

Pitcher Logan Verrett allowed only one earned run in 6.2 innings in the Baylor win.

Third baseman Jake Miller went 3-for-4, along with scoring a run.

For the Cougars, left fielder Jake Runte went 3-for-4 and scored both of Houston's runs. Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Runte got his first hit of the game, a single down the left field line. He stole second base before scoring on Ryan Still's RBI single down the left side.

Baylor then took advantage of two Cougar errors in the sixth inning, allowing two runners to score to give the Bears a 5-1 lead.

Runte scored his second run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a John Cannon sacrifice fly to center field.

The Bears will next face Utah in a 12 p.m. game on Saturday, while the Cougars will take on Kentucky in the 3:30 p.m. game.

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