Despite strong start to three-game road series, the Knights fall big to their first conference opponent
The Knights are licking their wounds after a weekend pummeling at the hands of Houston. Now 15-10 on the season, they're looking to get back on track with a three-game homestand this weekend.
The sting of a 20-3 beating Sunday came just after the Knights lost 7-3 the day before. That was a rapid turn for the worse for the Knights, who had actually won the series opener in Houston 7-4.
Solid pitching by the Knights in Game 1 saw the Cougars collecting 11 hits but only 4 runs, while striking out five times.
The Knights were actually behind for most of the first game as they struggled to put runs on the board. But that all changed when an eighth inning rally flipped the scoring differential upside down and the Knights took a tenuous 2-run lead.
The Cougars fought back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring a run of their own to narrow the game to a nail-biter. But in the top of the ninth Ryan Breen cranked a homerun over the left field wall to put up all the insurance the Knights would need.
After a tough loss in Game 2, the Knights moved on hoping to take the series in the final game Sunday.
The Cougars had different plans, launching into an 8-run second inning to start off a scoring barrage that wouldn't end until the game was called in the bottom of the seventh.
All but one starting batter put an RBI up on the board for Houston, with center fielder Joel Ansley hammering home four runs.
Nick Cicio picked up an unfortunate first loss on the season, bringing his record to 2-1.