Baseball Notches Second Straight Shutout Win
Feb. 15, 2014
HOUSTON - For the second straight night and the first time since 2010, Houston Baseball posted back-to-back shutouts, earning a 4-0 win over Nicholls State on Saturday evening at Cougar Field to clinch the Opening Weekend series and move to 2-0 on the year.
Sophomore starter Jake Lemoine (7.0,4,0,0,1,4) tossed 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just four scattered hits and one walk to accompany his four strikeouts to earn his first win of the year and eighth career win.
Junior college transfer Jared Robinson (2.0,2,0,0,0,4) was equally impressive with his four strikeouts in 2.0 innings out of the pen as the duo combined for the shutout - which happened to be the second consecutive one of the year for the Houston staff after Aaron Garza and Chase Wellbrock teamed up for the scoreless game last night.
Houston strung together a 10-hit night as a unit, led by senior Frankie Ratcliff's three-hit evening.
Joining Ratcliff with a multi-hit game were sophomores Justin Montemayor (2x3, RBI) and Kyle Survance (2x4, 2 R) each with two base knocks. The Cougars added doubles from seniors Casey Grayson (1x3, 2 RBI) and Jacob Lueneburg (1x3), while junior Michael Pyeatt added a base knock.
Back-to-back two-run innings by Houston sparked a four-run lead after five complete.
The Cougars plated their first run of the night on a straight steal home by Survance in the fourth after he opened the scoring threat for Houston with a single to right field. Ratcliff followed with a single and later scored on an RBI-double off the bat of Montemayor.
Up 2-0, Lemoine continued to hold Nicholls State hitters in check for the fifth straight inning as the Cougars were able to add to their lead with two more runs in the bottom half of the fifth. With two outs in the inning, Survance and Ratcliff kept the inning alive with back-to-back singles for the second straight frame - allowing Grayson to come through in the clutch with a two-run double down the left field line to give the Cougars a 4-0 lead.
Those four runs proved to be enough as the Cougar pitching staff held Nicholls State without a run for the second straight game. The last time Houston shutout back-to-back opponents came back on March 5-6, 2010 in wins over Missouri and Texas.
On the pitching effort these past two games
Senior Shortstop Frankie Ratcliff
On the pitching staff
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