Sunday, February 19, 2012

Houston Cougars Sweep Delaware in Opening Weekend Baseball Series

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2012 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (February 19, 2012) The Houston Cougars baseball team started the 2012 campaign in royal fashion, sweeping their opening weekend three-game series against the Delaware BlueHens.

Friday’s game was rescheduled to Saturday morning due to severe weather conditions in the Houston area.

The Cougars and the BlueHens played a double header on Saturday and finished the three-game series with a 1:00pm start on Sunday.

In the first game of the Saturday double header, the Cougars came back from a 5-0 deficit in the bottom of the 8th inning to score seven runs to clinch the win.

Jacob Lueneburg and John Cannon went 2-for-3 for the Cougars with each scoring a run. Taylor White added to the hit total, going 2-for-4, also with a run.

Chase Wellbrock, pitching one-third of an inning in relief got the win while Jeff Murray recorded the loss for the BlueHens.

In the second game of the double header, the Cougars exploded for 15 hits to win their second game of the season 16-1.

Seven of the runs came in the first innings with an additional five more scoring in the fourth.

The BlueHens tallied five errors in the game which undoubtedly attributed to the loss.

On Sunday, the Cougars made it a clean sweep of Delaware with a 9-2 win in front of 907 fans at Cougar Field.

Cougar starting pitcher Aaron Garza threw six complete innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out three and walking two.

The Galveston native, who is a true freshman, faced 24 batters and threw 71 pitches.

At the plate, Price Jacobs showed hit skill by going 5-of-11 for .455, scoring five runs and knocking in seven RBI. The Baytown, Texas native is also a true freshman.

The Cougars are now 3-0 for the season and will return to Cougar Field for a 6:30pm matchup against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Tuesday night (Feb 21).

They will then play Texas State in a three game series at home on Feb. 24-26.

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