The Houston Cougars baseball team pulled off a stunning comeback Sunday night, rallying to defeat LSU 5-4 in 11 innings at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Houston trailed the Tigers 4-0 in the 8th inning, before scoring four times to tie the game. Kyle Survance singled in the 11th inning, plating Josh Vidales with the go-ahead and eventual winning run.
Chase Wellbrock threw five innings in relief to earn the win and allow the Cougars to force a winner take all, Regional final game with the Tigers Monday night.
“Wow, what a game,” said a relieved Houston Head Coach Todd Whitting. “You know that was two really good teams getting after each other wire-to-wire. I thought LSU played outstanding. I thought our team just played really, really good. We just didn’t give in. There was a point in that game where we kind of could have tucked our tails a little bit there and shut that thing down.”
That point was in the LSU seventh when Tyler Moore circled the bases on an inside the park home run when Survance thought the ball was out of play in the right field corner under a padded fence. After several minutes of arguing with the umpires, Whitting protested the call and the game. Before the inning was over, LSU had increased its’ lead to 4-0.
The Cougars responded with the four-run eighth, triggered by 2-run singles from Landon Appling and Caleb Barker.
The Rice Owls were eliminated from their own regional Sunday, losing to Texas A&M 9-8. Rice dropped a 3-2, 11-inning contest to Texas Saturday night.
The Aggies staved off elimination in Sunday’s nightcap at Reckling Park, topping the Longhorns 3-2, forcing another winner take all game Monday night.
The winners of the Baton Rouge and Houston Regionals will meet in the Super Regional this weekend.
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