Houston builds huge lead, hangs on against Herd, 11-7
The Cougars’ hot start too much for Marshall to overcome
No. 5 seed and host Houston took two of three last weekend to play itself into this week’s CUSA Tournament at Cougar Field.
The Cougars (25-30) continued their hot play last night, as they scored in each of the first five innings to build an 11-0 lead before hanging on for an 11-7 win over pod-member Marshall.
Michael Goodnight held the Herd hitless through the first five innings. He ran into some trouble in the sixth when he lost the no-hitter and shutout, but evened his record at 7-7. Goodnight worked 6.1 innings and surrendered three runs—all earned—on five hits.
Houston chased Marshall starter Arik Sikula (6-5) in the third after he threw nearly 60 pitches in just over two innings of work.
The Cougars opened the scoring with a two-run single by M.P. Cokinos in the first before tacking on two more in the second.
UH blew it open in the third when it tallied four runs on three hits off Sakula and reliever Ryan Kiel. The Cougars also benefitted from being issue for free passes in the frame.
In the fourth, Ryan Still singled to make it 9-0 and M.P. Cokinos tripled home two more in the fifth to extend the score to 11-0.
After getting Goodnight out of the game, the Herd hung four runs—all earned—on Chase Dempsey. The biggest of the three hits was Josh Valle’s three-run double.
Socorro singled to short to start the ninth, but Marshall went in order after that.
Houston will play cross-town rival Rice tonight at 8 p.m. (EST) while Marshall will meet Memphis in a non-pod game.