|Photo by Robert H Kelly, Copyright 2012|
Copyright 2012 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 3, 2012) Boosted by a three-run fourth inning, the Houston Cougars (6-4) downed the Tennessee Volunteers (7-2) by the score of 7-4 in opening game action for both teams in the 2012 Houston College Classic.
The highly vocal fans at Minute Maid Park saw Cougar starting pitcher Jared Ray strikeout the first six batters he faced while going seven innings and only giving up one run on five hits.
He faced 25 batters while striking out 10 and not giving up a single walk.
The Cougars first got on the board when Chase Jensen scored from third as John Cannon grounded out to Tennessee shortstop Zach Osborne.
Casey Grayson scored the Cougars’ second run on a Landon Appling RBI sacrifice fly to center field.
Price Jacobs tallied the third Houston run when pitcher Robbie Kidd walked Jake Runte with the bases loaded.
Tennessee came back in the top of the next inning to score their first run on a Wes Walker single to right field to score Chris Fritts from third to take the score to 3-1.
The Cougars came back with another run in the bottom of the fifth when Jensen scored off a John Cannon double.
Houston scored two more runs in the sixth inning and a single run in the seventh to insure their lead.
The Volunteers made a run at the Cougars in the top of the ninth inning; scoring three runs before Zack Luther grounded out to Jensen to end the game.
Steckenrider was credited with the loss while relief pitcher Mo Wiley got the save.
The Cougars recorded 13 hits with Cannon getting three and Jensen, Grayson, Price Jacobs and Jacob Lueneburg each contributing two.
Houston will next face Arkansas in a 12 noon game on Saturday, March 3 while the Volunteers with take on Texas in the 3:30 p.m. game at Minute Maid Park.