Houston senior Kyle Poynter (5) takes out Rolla's shortstop as he slides safely into second base.

Rolla scored three times in the seventh, including a controversial go-ahead run, to rally past Houston 7-3 Tuesday.

It was the first loss of the season for the Tigers (3-1).

The Bulldogs’ rallyincluded what Hall believed was a questionable call. A Rolla baserunner, who was in a rundown between third and home, eluded the tag of catcher Nathan McCarthy and trotted home for the go-ahead run.

Hall argued the call.

“The thing I argued was he was out of the baseline,” Hall said. “(The umpire) said (McCarthy) actually didn’t tag him. He had the ball in one hand and the glove in the other and tagged him with the glove.

“But that wasn’t why we lost. We missed several balls in the outfield and didn’t put the ball in play with runners in scoring position with less than two outs.”

Senior Kyle Poynter had three of Houston’s four hits, including a triple. Both teams committed four errors.

Poynter (1-1) gave up five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in the loss. He struck out 11, but walked six and struggled with his control. He threw 141 pitches.

Hall considered lifting Poynter after six innings with a 3-2 lead. He didn’t, and Rolla rallied.

“Kyle threw a lot of pitches. If I had to do it again, I probably would have brought Chris (Mooney) in earlier,” Hall said.

 

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