Baseball Shuts Out UT Arlington, 9-0
Feb. 19, 2011
HOUSTON - For the second-straight night the University of Houston pitching staff put on a show at Cougar Field. In their first appearances on the mound in a Cougar uniform, Jordan Lewis and Dakota Dill held UT Arlington scoreless en route to a 9-0 win over the Mavericks Saturday night.
"It's easy to come out on opening day and have a lot of energy," head coach Todd Whitting said. "After a big win last night, could they come out and do it again; that was the challenging part of today's game. Tonight, we picked up where we left off."
"Jordan Lewis was outstanding. He was minimizing walks and throwing straight at hitters. We keep all of our guys on a low pitch count and he did a great job at managing and not running his pitch count up. At the start of the season when you can do that you give your bullpen a good chance of coming in and closing out."
Lewis earned his first win at UH, giving up five hits in seven innings. Dill came in to pitch the final two innings surrendering just two hits in his debut.
After a scoreless third and fourth inning, Houston tacked on a third run in the bottom of the fifth when Austin Gracey scored after reaching base on a double to left field.
Houston put two runners on base in the sixth inning and increased its lead, 4-0, when Cannon scored on a balk by UTA's Brody Walker. Landon Appling then gave the Cougars a 5-0 lead, scoring on Chase Jensen's double down the left field line.
With two outs and Ryan Still on first base in the eighth, Jensen hit his second double of the night to plate Still. Jensen wouldn't stay on base much longer as David Murphy's pinch-hit single sent the Cougar home. Austin Gracey would then close out the game with a two-run home run to left field giving Houston its final run total.