Baseball Falls to No. 11 Houston in C-USA Opening Round

May 24, 2006

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HOUSTON - The Marshall baseball team dropped a 9-1 decision to second-seeded and 11th-ranked Houston Wednesday in the first round of the 2006 Conference USA Championship at Reckling Park on the campus of Rice University in Houston. The Thundering Herd, the seventh seed in the tournament, continues tournament play at 10 a.m. Thursday, battling 3-seed Tulane in an elimination game. Tulane lost, 4-2, to No. 6-seed East Carolina in the first game of the day.

Chris Koutsavlis (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) tossed 5.1 innings, giving up six hits, three runs (two earned) and three walks while striking out one in falling to 6-7 on the year. Houston starter Ricky Hargrove (8-5) went seven innings, giving up a run, seven hits and three walks while striking out three.

Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) went 3-for-4 for Marshall and scored the Herd's lone run.

Houston (37-19) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Jake Stewart led off with a double to right center and advanced on an Isa Garcia flyout. After Matt Weston fouled out, Dustin Kingsbury walked. Kingsbury then attempted to steal second, but stopped halfway and when the throw went to second, Stewart sprinted home for a steal of home to give the Cougars their first run.

Marshall (22-31) responded with a run in the second inning. Ptacek led off with a single and moved to third on a hit-and-run single by Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.). Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) then hit into a fielder's choice, but shortstop Travis Cougot dropped the ball on the play, allowing Ptacek to come home and knot the score.

Brad Lincoln gave the Cougars the lead back in the bottom of the second with a solo home run to right field.

Houston tacked onto its lead with an unearned run in the fifth inning. Bryan Tully reached on an error to lead off and moved up on a Luis Flores walk. One out later, Stewart singled to load the bases, and Garcia brought Tully home with a sacrifice fly.



The Cougars added four runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to push the final tally to 9-1.