HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 23, 2011) The University of Houston baseball team lost its series finale against the East Carolina Pirates, 12-2, in seven innings Saturday afternoon at Cougar Field. With the loss, Houston drops the series against the Pirates,1-2.
Houston now stands at 20-21 on the season and 7-5 in Conference USA play.
Junior Mo Wiley fell to 2-2 on the mound, giving up three runs on four hits in 3.2 innings. The Cougars then used six relief pitchers to close out the contest.
Sophomore Chase Jensen finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Senior Caleb Ramsey and junior Matt Creel each added two hits for Houston.
East Carolina leadoff batter Ben Fultz got the Pirates off to a quick start with a home run to right field to start the game.
Trent Whitehead then put the Pirates up 3-0 in the fourth inning with ECU’s second home run of the game. He would score Zach Wright on the play after he reached base on a single to right field. With two outs, freshman Travis Jenkins would enter the game in relief, walking his first batter before giving up a double to the left field corner that allowed the base runner to score.
Jensen answered for the Cougars in the bottom of the fourth inning. He led off with a single to left field, moved to second on Shawn Armstrong’s balk and advanced to third on sophomore M.P. Cokinos’ fly out to center field. Junior John Cannon’s groundout to the shortstop would allow Jenson to score and the Cougars to pull withinthree of the Pirates, 4-1.
The Pirates would pull away in the fifth inning, scoring six runs, including two home runs, to take a 10-1 lead. The Cougars scored their final run in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Ramsey doubled down the left field line and scored onJensen’s single to right center field.
East Carolina would seal the win and close out the game, scoring two runs in the sixth inning.
The Cougars will have a busy week ahead of them, as they will play five games on the road next week. The week begins at Stephen F. Austin at 3 p.m. Tuesday and continues against Lamar at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Following the midweek action, Houston will travel to Orlando for a three-game series against UCF, April 29-May 1.