Feb. 22, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- The University of Houston Baseball team wasn't able to overcome an early four-run deficit, falling 6-1 to Texas State, on Friday evening at Bobcat Ballpark in the first contest of the three-game series this weekend.
W: Kyle Finnegan (1-0)
L: Matt Hernandez (1-1)
|Chase Wellbrock||5.2||5||1||1||1||7||Ryan Vruggink||0.1||0||0||0||3||0||Daniel Smith||0.2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Justin Montemayor||4||1||1||0||0||0||Frankie Ratcliff||3||0||1||0||1||0||Caleb Barker||4||0||1||0||0||0|
NUMBERS OF NOTE
4 The Cougars were held to a season-low four hits.
7 Chase Wellbrock struck out a career-best seven hitters in just 5.2 innings of work out of the bullpen, surpassing his previous high of six, which came against SFA in 2011.
9 Houston stranded nine hitters in tonight's loss.
With the loss, Houston fell to 3-2 on the year, while Texas State improved to 2-3.
Despite an impressive long-relief effort by junior Chase Wellbrock, the Cougars weren't able to answer offensively after falling down by four runs through the first two innings.
Wellbrock (5.2,5,1,1,1,7) entered the game in the second inning with bases loaded and the Cougars trailing 5-1, and fanned the final two hitters to escape the jam and give Houston a chance.
The Brenham, Texas native, was lights out as he retired his first seven batters he faced with five strikeouts. He finished with a career-best seven strikeouts in his 5.2 innings of work, allowing just one run on five scattered hits.
Texas State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, plating two runs in the first inning on two hits and a Houston error. The Cougars responded in the top half of the second when they tallied two hits and took advantage of two walks--scoring on a wild pitch.
However, it was the second inning that saw three hits and an error that led to three more Bobcat runs for a 5-1 lead after just two frames.
Houston hitters were held to three hits by Texas State starter Kyle Finnegan (5.0,3,1,1,4,9), who fanned nine Cougars in five innings of work for his first win in two starts this season.
Houston senior starter Matt Hernandez (1-1) (1.1,5,5,2,2,0) lasted just 1.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks for his first loss of the year.
Texas State plated its sixth run of the night in the fifth frame after three straight hits, including a wind-aided double in left field.
The Cougars had their chances all night, stranding bases loaded in the second and seventh innings--to finish with nine total bases runners left on.
Houston was held to a season-low four hits as four different Cougars contributed. Freshmen Kyle Kirk (1x2), Justin Montemayor (1x4, R) and juniors Frankie Ratcliff (1x3, 3B, BB) and Caleb Barker (1x4) each provided a hit for the Houston offense.
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Houston and Texas State will continue the three-game series at 2 p.m. Saturday and wrap up at Noon on Sunday.