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.