The Houston Cougars put on a variety of impressive displays on Saturday night at Schroeder as they hosted the Arizona Wildcats for the second straight night.
Ryan Randel gave up a run in the first, and he would scatter three hits over the next five innings . . . In the fifth Randel surrendered a two-out two-run homerun to cut the Cougar lead to 6-3 . . . After a long sixth inning which would push Randel’s pitch total to 90, his terrific outing would end as the Cougars went to the bullpen.
Arizona would get on the scoreboard first . . . But the Coogs would load the bases in the second with the help of two walks by Wildcats starting pitcher Andrew Nardi . . . Jared Triolo would clear the bases on a double to put the Coogs up 5-1.
Tyler Bielamowicz hit a homerun to leadoff the third inning and that would help to chase Nardi one batter later as he reached 60 pitches in the contest . . . Bielamowicz would also play a little “addition by subtraction” in the seventh by going up the left field wall on a long drive by Matthew Dyer to bring a would-be homerun down for a long out.
Devon Roedahl would take the mound in the top of the eighth and the Wildcats would crawl closer on three straight hits, capped off by a Cameron Cannon homerun to center . . . Cannon entered the series hitting .632 and had been kept at bay up to that point in the series . . . Roedahl would gather himself to get strikeouts for all three out to end the top of the eighth . . . A tense top of the ninth would yield a run before Roedahl closed out the Wildcats . . . The Cougars would win the game and the series with a final score of 9-7.
The Cougars and the Wildcats return to action on Sunday, thirty minutes later than a usual Sunday start, at 1:30pm . . . Bring your brooms and be loud.