HOUSTON — The Penn State baseball team rallied from a six-run deficit to tie the game, only to see Houston surge ahead again for a wild 14-8 victory Tuesday night.
Steve Snyder had three of the Nittany Lions nine hits in the opener of the two-game series. The teams play again Wednesday. Matt Paradise added a pair of hits and two RBIs and J.C. Coban doubled.
Casey Kulina, the fourth of five Nittany Lion pitchers, only allowed two hits but surrendered three runs one earned and three walks in two-thirds of an inning for the loss. A failed pickoff attempt and a bases-loaded walk, as well as two runs scoring on bunts accounted for the tallies.
The Cougars raced to an 8-2 lead after two innings before Penn State rallied with three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game. But Houston took control again with a four-run seventh and added two more in the eighth as the Cougars took advantage of four Penn State errors.
Reliever Jake Lemoine pitched the final three games for the win.