Coogs top E. Carolina in C-USA tourney

May 21, 2008 11:50:50 AM PDT
Zak Presley's two-run single in the bottom of the 10th gave Houston a 5-4 victory over East Carolina on Wednesday, in the first game of the Conference USA Baseball Championship. East Carolina's Brandon Henderson had broken the 3-all tie with an RBI-double off the wall in left at Tulane's new Greer Field. But a walk, a single and a hit batter loaded the bases before Presley's hard shot into center field on a 1-2 count.

Donnie Joseph (2-1) earned the victory, allowing one run on a hit and a walk while striking out two in two innings of relief. Brad Mincey took the loss, giving up a run on a pair of hits and failing to get an out.

Houston (35-21) advances to play the winner of the Rice-UAB game. East Carolina (39-18) will play the loser of the Owls-Blazers match in an elimination game.

The Cougars overcame a pair of potentially costly plays. With the score tied at 3 in the bottom of the ninth, pinch runner Felix Fanaselle was picked off second base with one out. Then, with two outs in the top of the 10th, left fielder Jake Stewart misplayed a fly ball that turned into Henderson's double.

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