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Friday, May 14, 2021

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UH baseball drops AAC series opener against Wichita State


Sophomore right-hander Jaycob Deese pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs and striking out six in UH baseball's loss in the second game of Friday's doubleheader to Wichita State. | Joe Buvid/UH Athletics

Sophomore right-hander Jaycob Deese pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs and striking out six in UH baseball’s loss in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader to Wichita State. | Joe Buvid/UH Athletics

Houston baseball opened up American Athletic Conference play hosting Wichita State in a four-game series in which the Cougars dropped three out of four.

Here is a closer look at how each game went down:

Game one

UH ace Robert Gasser took the mound and put on a career performance for the Cougars. The junior left-hander threw 7 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, allowing only two hits and striking out a career-high 12 Shocker batters to power UH to a 5-3 victory.

Gasser’s ERA is now down to 1.65 on the season.

Senior outfielder Tyler Bielamowicz led the Cougars with two RBI’s on the night. Sophomore infielder Brad Burckel, sophomore outfielder Brandon Uhse and junior catcher Kyle Lovelace each singled and drove in a run on the game.

Games two and three

Friday featured a doubleheader between the Cougars and Shockers in which both games were pitching duels.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, Uhse led off the bottom half of the inning and tied the game up with a single swing of the bat, sending a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall.

One inning later, freshman infielder Will Pendergrass showed his skills on the basepath by taking advantage of a wild pitch and coming home to score to put the Cougars on top.

After taking a 2-1 lead, the Cougars’ bats went completely silent and only produced one hit over the final seven innings of play.

Senior right-hander Carter Henry picked up a quality start, throwing 8 1/3 innings, allowing three runs while striking out five.

While Henry was able to keep the Shockers bats at bay for most of the afternoon, Wichita State’s Paxton Wallace came up with the biggest hit of the afternoon.

Wallace led off the top of the ninth and homered to left to put the Shockers up 3-2, a lead which they would hold on to to even up the series at one game apiece.

In the second game, both teams starting pitchers were outstanding.

UH’s sophomore right-hander Jaycob Deese pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs and striking out six.

Wichita State’s Jace Kaminska threw seven shutout innings.

The Shockers’ two runs off Deese proved to be enough as the Cougars bats remained silent for the second straight game with their only run coming on a sacrifice fly from Pendergrass in the bottom of the eighth in a 2-1 loss.

Game four

The series finally proved to be the third straight pitching duel which the Shockers were once again able to come out on top, winning 3-2.

UH’s starter Ben Sears and Wichita State’s starter Spencer Hynes went toe-to-toe, both throwing seven innings and allowing two runs.

With the game tied at two heading into the ninth, sophomore reliever Derrick Cherry ran into some trouble and allowed the Shockers to take the lead on an RBI single.

UH was unable to even things up in the bottom half of the inning, falling for the third consecutive game by just a single run.

Cherry was charged with the loss for UH while Wichita State reliever Ryan Stuempfig earned the win, throwing two shutout innings out of the bullpen.

Pendergrass drove in both Cougar runs of the game with a two-run shot to left in the bottom of the second.

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