Feb. 23, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Senior right-handed starter Austin Pruitt tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing just one hit and fanning a career-best 10 hitters, en route to leading Houston Baseball to a 1-0 win over Texas State on Saturday afternoon to even the weekend series.
W: Austin Pruitt (2-0)
L: Taylor Black (0-1)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
1 Austin Pruitt threw a one-hitter in a complete-game shutout, leading Houston to a 1-0 win. The one-hitter was the first one thrown by a Houston pitcher since Brad Sullivan accomplished it back on May 16, 2002 vs. TCU.
2 The one-hitter came in Pruitt's second career complete game in a Cougar uniform. His first happened in a loss at UL-Lafayette a year ago.
10 Pruitt fanned a career-high 10 hitters in the win and faced one batter over the 27 minimum. His previous high was seven strikeouts in a 4-1 loss to Rice on Feb. 28, 2012.
The win lifted the Cougars to a 4-2-season record, while dropping Texas State to 2-4. The win was also the first in San Marcos, Texas since a 15-9 win in 2008.
Facing just one hitter over the 27-batter minimum, Pruitt (9.0,1,0,0,2,10) held the Bobcats to just one hit, which came on a grounder through the right side in the seventh inning. The Woodlands, Texas native, fanned a career-high 10 hitters on just 106 pitches, surpassing his previous high of seven, which came against Rice last season.
Pruitt's 9.0 shutout innings has now extended his scoreless inning streak to 15.0 shutout innings with 14 strikeouts and just three walks for a 0.00 ERA in two starts for two wins.
Houston played errorless baseball in today's win for the first time this season, backing Pruitt with several impressive defensive plays, including a wall-grabbing catch for the final out of the game by freshman Kyle Survance in left field. Junior catcher Caleb Barker erased runners who reached on a walk and hit-by-pitch when he gunned both out attempting to steal second early in the game.
Houston grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning and that proved enough for Pruitt and company. The one run came when junior Jonathan Davis doubled to right center on a 1-1 count, scoring freshman Justin Montemayor who led off the inning with a four-pitch walk and moved to second on a groundout by Barker.
Despite tallying two hits in today's game, both by Davis (2x4, RBI), the Cougars were able to ride the arm of senior Pruitt in the win.
Texas State starter Taylor Black (7.1,1,1,1,3,6) suffered his first loss of the year despite allowing just one earned run on one hit with six strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On senior Austin Pruitt's performance
"Big win today for the Coogs. Obviously, Austin Pruitt going out throwing a one-hitter. He was outstanding. That was as good as I have ever seen him. He is Mr. Consistency. He was able to work both sides of the plate and keep Texas State off balance. Something that may have gotten overlooked was that he did a really good job of controlling the run game at first base. Texas State is a team that likes to run a lot and he gave us a chance by mixing things up a bit to give Caleb [Barker] a chance to throw some guys out at second base."
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Houston and Texas State will wrap up the three-game series at Noon on Sunday.