Marshall Edged by Houston 4-3, Loses Series 2-1|
April 23, 2012
HOUSTON -- Another late-inning run boosted the Houston Cougars 4-3 over the Marshall Thundering Herd baseball team Sunday afternoon here at Cougar Field.
The victory for Houston (14-23-1, 3-8-1 C-USA) gave the Cougars the series victory at two games to one. Marshall dropped to 14-25 overall and 2-10 in Conference USA.
Each of the first two games of the series featured an eighth-inning tie, and the Sunday finale was no different. After trailing 3-1midway through the fourth inning, Houston scored three unanswered runs over its next five frames, including the game-winner on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, to defeat Marshall in another exciting finish.
A lead-off walk issued to Jonathan Davis led to the eighth-inning run as a hit batsman, a groundout, and a sacrifice fly brought the sophomore around to score. The Cougars did not record a hit in the inning where they took the lead.
Marshall reliever Ryan Hopkins (1-2) suffered the loss as his walk proved to be the winning run. Hopkins threw 2.1 innings of long relief, struck out one, walked two, and allowed a run on three hits.
After handing one of those runs back in the bottom half, Marshall again extended its lead to two as Isaac Ballou plated Semeniuk with a base hit in the fourth.
With the score 3-1 midway through the fourth, Houston again responded immediately in its half. A pair of base hits and a sacrifice saw a run come across to cut the lead to 3-2, then the Cougars tied the game with a base hit in the fifth.
From there, the teams remained scoreless until centerfielder Price Jacobs’ sacrifice fly to right field scored Davis in a bases loaded situation with one out in the eighth.
Gray Stafford provided life for the Herd in the ninth when he singled to center with two out, but Marshall would leave him stranded.
In his third straight weekend start, freshman right-hander Lance Elder pitched 3.1 excellent innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and a walk; he struck out two. In the first, he induced a double play with two on and no one out to avoid damage.
Houston reliever Chase Wellbrock (3-1) took the win after going 6.1 innings in a relief effort. Wellbrock allowed an earned run on six hits and a walk while striking out four.
Dundon finished the game 2-for-2 with two singles, a walk, an RBI, and a sacrifice. Ballou was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Ballou finished the series 5-for-10 with two runs, two RBIs, and two stolen bases. Dundon continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-7 (.429) in the series.