Wild pitches help UH baseball defeat Memphis

HOUSTON With the Cougars (30-18, 11-7 C-USA) trailing 4-3 entering the bottom of the eighth, senior outfielder Jake Stewart led off with a single to center field and moved into scoring position following Bryan Pounds' sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk to Jimmy Cesario and a Memphis pitching change, senior second baseman Ryan Lormand reached on a fielder's choice that left runners on the corners with two outs.

Memphis closer Matt Yokley uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Stewart to race in with the tying run, and Lormand made it all the way to third when Memphis catcher Chris Kirkland had trouble handling the loose ball behind the plate. Lormand then scored easily on another Yokley wild pitch to give the Cougars the lead for good.

Freshman closer Chase Dempsay (5-1) collected the win in relief, holding the Tigers to only one hit with a pair of strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.

The Cougar offense managed only four hits in the game with none going for extra bases, a first in 2008. In addition, UH took advantage of two errors and two wild pitches to score its runs with Zak Presley's straight season of home accounting for the only other run. Lormand led all players with two runs

Memphis reliever Marc Ashley (1-3) picked up the loss and after allowing two runs (one earned) off two hits and a walk with a strikeout in 2 2/3 innings.

Outfielder Trey Wiedman went 4-for-4 with a double, run and two RBIs, while centerfielder Chris Newsom batted 3-for-4 with a run to pace the Tiger offense, which outhit the Cougars 10-4. Shortstop Chad Zurcher also batted 2-for-3 with a run and two stolen bases.

UH won its 18th consecutive home game against the Tigers.

The Cougars return to action at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, when they play host to Lamar at Cougar Field.

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