Cougars find you win some, you lose some; Noble ejected in UH win

by Andrew Ferraro

Daily Cougar Staff

BEAUMONT -- UH baseball coach Rayner Noble got involved in two confrontations Tuesday night at Lamar and came out with one win and one loss.

The loss came after Noble argued with an official for the first five innings of the game until he was ejected, along with all of the Cougars who weren't playing, in the bottom of the fifth.

"You and your team go to the bus," the red-faced official screamed, loud enough to be heard in the press box.

Noble continued to argue and had to be escorted from the field.

Then, as an afterthought, Noble's Cougars beat the Lamar Cardinals 8-7.

Noble was forced to watch the rest of the game from under an oak tree next to Vincent Beck Field.

"This is probably the only time I've ever had to watch a game from the bullpen," said Houston outfielder Dustin Carr.

UH assistant coach Todd Whiting finished coaching the game for the Cougars.

The game was the most error-filled the Cougars had been involved in all season.

Lamar had eight errors, while Houston had five -- and only one of the Cardinals' runs was earned.

Pitcher Mark Manbeck picked up the win for the Cougars, striking out Chad Bunting to end the game.

In Manbeck's last outing against Lamar, Bunting hit a grand slam to win the game for the Cardinals.

Manbeck gave up two hits, two unearned runs, and had six KO's with no walks.

With the victory, the Cougars raised their record to 27-25, surpassing their win total from last year.

The Cardinals fell to 24-25.

Adam Burns contributed to this story.

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