HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 22, 2011) Junior Jordan Lewis struck out 10 batters and allowed just one earned run to guide the University of Houston baseball team to a 4-2win over East Carolina Friday night at Cougar Field.With the win, Houston tied the series with the Pirates 1-1, with the finale set for 1 p.m. Saturday.
Lewis pitched seven innings to improve to 4-1 on the mound. He gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits to go along with his 10 strikeouts. Junior Jordan Mannisto collected his third save, pitching the final two innings of the game.
At the plate, senior Caleb Ramsey was 2-for-4, while sophomore Chase Jensen tripled and scored a run.
“I’ve said all along that this is a resilient team,” head coach Todd Whitting said. “We’ve lost four games this year; probably the hardest you can lose them. Every time we have lost a game, either on a walk off or in the last inning, the team has come back and responded. The team is really good at flushing things and moving on to the next game.”
Houston traded runs with the Pirates in the third inning. After giving up an unearned run on a Lewis error, Ramsey singled to center field, allowing freshman Landon Appling to score from first base.
In the fourth inning, Sophomore M.P. Cokinos singled up the middle and junior John Cannon put runners on first and second base with a walk. Junior Matt Creel moved the runners into scoring position before junior Codey Morehouse’s bunt down the first base line gave Cokinos the chance to score.
Leading 2-1,Jensen helped the Cougars add to their lead with a triple to left field. With runners on the corners he would score on Cannon’s sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning
After a double to lead off the seventh inning, Morehouse would give UH its final run total, scoring on senior Ryan Still’s sacrifice fly to left field.
The Pirates closed out the game with a run in the eighth inning.
Houston will close out the series against East Carolina on Saturday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.