Houston Cougars Sweep UTA In Three Games To Kick Off Baseball Season

Posted by Robert Kelly on February-20-2011 Add Comments

After winning the first two games of their three-game series, the Houston Cougars (3-0, 0-0 C-USA) downed the University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks 6-4 to sweep the opening weekend series at Cougar Field.

Coming into the series, Houston led in all-time meetings 5-1, with a 4-0 record at Cougar Field.

In their first game on Friday, the Cougars won by a score of 15-5  

On Saturday, the two teams faced off again with the Cougars winning match 9-0. Jordan Lewis went seven innings on the mound, giving up five hits and striking out two.

Landon Appling went 3 for 4, scoring two runs, while Austin Gracey went 3 for 5, with two runs and two RBI.

Sunday’s game saw Houston jump out to a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the first on two home runs by Chase Jensen and Gracey. Both hit two-run round trippers to give the Cougars the early lead.

The Mavericks mounted a comeback in the top of the fourth when Preston Beck singled through the right side, sending two runners home reducing the Cougar lead to one (5-4).

After that, Cougars’ head coach Todd Whitting decided it was time for a change, bringing in right handed pitcher Matt Creel.

Taylor Hammack left the game after 3.2 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) off eight hits while striking out one and walking one.

Hammack finished the 2010 season with a 5.28 ERA, posting a 1-4 record on 18 appearances. He also had four saves.

Creel, while pitching in relief, earned the win going 4.1 innings; allowing only two hits, along with two strikeouts.

Chase Dempsay came into the game in the ninth, getting the save while giving up two hits and striking out two.

The Cougars will next be in action on February 22 with a 6:30pm match up against Stephen F. Austin at home.

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