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Cougars have ECU's number

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HOUSTON — East Carolina started the Conference USA baseball tournament the same way it started league play during the regular season, losing to Houston in Houston.

The Cougars, the only C-USA entry to sweep a series from the Pirates, overcame a fast start by ECU at Rice's Reckling Park for a 9-4 win Thursday afternoon.

The Cougars have six straight wins over the Pirates in the C-USA tournament.

ECU (30-25) plays Tulane (28-28) at noon on Friday. After a 1-5 start in league play, ECU recovered to win 13 of its next 18 C-USA games. Similar resilience is needed against the Green Wave.

“We’ve got to bounce back," said Pirates coach Billy Godwin. "All we can control is coming out and beating Tulane and going 1-1. … That’s all we can control. We can’t look back. We’ve got to look ahead. Our guys are focused. We’ve had our back to the wall a lot this year, so we just got to come back and win and see what happens in the other game.”

The Pirates, seeded third in the C-USA event, opened the Houston game with singles from Bryan Bass, Drew Reynolds, Zach Houchins and Chase McDonald en route to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Cougar starter Austin Pruitt (10-5) recovered to allow just one run the rest of the way.

Justin Montemayor, the C-USA Freshman of the Year, led the comeback for sixth-seeded Houston (36-20) with four hits and a pair of RBIs. Getting two hits each for Houston, which faces second-seeded Southern Miss (29-25) at 4 p.m. today, were Josh Vidales, Jacob Campbell and Landon Appling.

The Cougars outhit ECU, 13-12.

Sophomore right-hander Jeff Hoffman (6-7) took the loss for the Pirates. He allowed six runs on nine hits over five and one-third innings. Hoffman stuck out three and walked two. Jake Harris and Joseph Hughes saw action in relief for the Pirates.

The Cougars capped a four-run third with a two-run double by Montemayor. Houston scored two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh before adding one run in the ninth.

Chris Gosik had an RBI single for the Pirates in the sixth.

Reynolds and Houchins each had three hits for ECU. The Pirates had one error. All of Houston's runs were earned.

“I thought Houston played extremely well.," Godwin said "We didn’t kick it around or anything. They created some big hits at some big times. We had a couple of plays we had an opportunity to make and we didn’t make them, and it was the difference of the game.”

 

BOX SCORE #55

CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT

HOUSTON 9, EAST CAROLINA 4

 • ECU SID GAME STORY
 • UH SID GAME STORY


Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Venue: Reckling Park, Houston, TX
Attendance: 3,471.
Records: ECU 30-25; UH 36-20.
 
HOUSTON                 AB  R  H BI
Josh Vidales 2b......... 5  1  2  2
Kyle Survance rf/lf..... 3  1  0  1
Frankie Ratcliff ss..... 5  1  1  0
Justin Montemayor 1b.... 4  1  4  2
Caleb Barker c.......... 5  0  0  0
Michael Pyeatt lf....... 4  1  1  1
Ashford Fulmer rf....... 1  0  0  0
Jacob Campbell dh....... 4  3  2  0
Jonathan Davis 3b....... 2  1  1  1
Landon Appling cf....... 4  0  2  1
Austin Pruitt p......... 0  0  0  0
TOTALS..................37  9 13  8
EAST CAROLINA           AB  R  H BI
Bass, Bryan 2b.......... 5  1  2  0
Reynolds, Drew dh....... 5  1  3  0
Houchins, Zach 3b....... 5  1  3  0
McDonald, Chase 1b...... 5  0  1  1
Fultz, Ben cf........... 5  0  1  0
Reinheimer, Jack ss..... 4  1  0  1
Cannon, Jay rf.......... 3  0  1  0
Gosik, Chris lf......... 4  0  1  1
Watkins, Travis c....... 2  0  0  0
Clark, Philip ph........ 0  0  0  0
King, Sam c............. 0  0  0  0
Hoffman, Jeff p......... 0  0  0  0
Harris, Jake p.......... 0  0  0  0
Hughes, Joseph p........ 0  0  0  0
TOTALS..................38  4 12  3
 
SCORE BY INNINGS....... 1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9 -  R  H  E
HOUSTON................ 0 0 4  0 0 2  2 0 1 -  9 13  1
EAST CAROLINA.......... 3 0 0  0 0 1  0 0 0 -  4 12  1

E - Montemayor(7); Houchins(12).
DP - UH 1; ECU 2.
LOB - UH 10; ECU 10.
2B - Montemayor(9).
HBP - Campbell.
SH - Survance 2(9); Davis(3); Appling(10).
SB - Appling(14); Reinheimer(10).

UH PITCHING           IP  H  R ER BB SO
Austin Pruitt....... 9.0 12  4  3  3  4
 
ECU PITCHING          IP  H  R ER BB SO
Hoffman, Jeff....... 5.1  9  6  6  2  3
Harris, Jake........ 1.1  2  2  2  0  2
Hughes, Joseph...... 2.1  2  1  1  2  0

Win - Pruitt (10-5).
Loss - Hoffman (6-7).
Save - None.
WP - Hoffman(9); Hughes(3).
HBP - by Hughes (Campbell).
PB - Watkins, T.(13).

Umpires - HP: Mike Conlin; 1B: Chuck Busse;
          2B: Asa Howard; 3B: Scott Wilkerson.
Start: 12:01 PM; Time: 3:05.
Attendance: 3,471.
Weather: Partly cloudy, humid, 88 degrees.

Page updated: 05/24/2013 01:14 AM.
 

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