Jimmy Cesario collected three hits and Ryan Lormand drove in four runs as Houston snapped East Carolina's 13-game winning streak Friday night, 14-2, in the Conference USA opener at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
T.J. Hose (1-2) lasted just two innings allowing four runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks before giving way to Brad Mincey to start the third frame. Mincey worked three innings surrendering seven runs on eight hits with two punch outs. Daniel Holder made his seventh appearance of the year pitching the final four frames giving up three runs on three hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
Wes Musick improved to 5-0 on the season after working 6 1/3 innings where he allowed two runs on six hits with six strikeouts for Houston (13-6, 1-0 C-USA). Chase Dempsay worked 2 2/3 innings of relief allowing one hit with one walk and five strikeouts.
Houston took an early 1-0 lead in the first frame when Cesario doubled down the right field line scoring Jake Stewart from second. Stewart roped a one-out double to right-center recording the games first hit.
The Cougars added three more in the second pushing its lead to 4-0. Felix Fanaselle led off the inning with a single to center, moved over to second on Zak Presley's single up the middle then third on Blake Kelso's walk. Houston's first run came when Stewart was plunked by a Hose pitch plating Fanaselle. Bryan Pounds followed by reaching on a fielder's choice that scored Presley. Cesario capped the scoring when he singled through the left side pushing across Kelso.
Presley put the Cougars up 5-0 in the third on his infield single to first base that scored Fanaselle from third. Fanaselle was hit by a Mincey pitch and advanced to third on his stolen base and a Kemp throwing error.
Houston added three more runs in the fourth padding its lead to 8-0 behind a one-out two-RBI triple by Lormand. Stewart singled up the middle to lead off the inning then moved to second on Pounds sac bunt before moving over to third on Cesario's third hit of the game, a single through the left side.
The Cougars added three runs in the fifth and two in the eighth for a 14-2 advantage.
ECU finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh cutting the Cougars lead to 11-2. Drew Schieber smacked his second home run of the season, a solo shot to left-center. Jamie Ray followed with a double to right-center then came home on Ryan Wood's ground out to short.
The Pirates and Cougars will meet for game two of the three game series Saturday afternoon with a first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.
Freshman Dustin Harrington extended his hit streak to nine games with his single to right-center.
Seven different Pirates collected hits on the night.
Drew Schieber extended his hit streak to six games with his solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.
ECU's win streak was snapped at 13 games which is tied for the sixth longest streak in school history (1994 and 2001