Houston Secures Road Series Win with 4-2 Finale Victory in Extras Over Texas State
Feb. 24, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- University of Houston Baseball tallied 13 hits and plated two runs in the 10th inning to secure its second series victory of the season, defeating Texas State 4-2, on Sunday afternoon in the road series finale at Bobcat Ballpark.
W: Jake Lemoine (2-0)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
2 Freshman Jake Lemoine earned his second career win as a Cougar, both coming in relief this week.
4 Junior Jonathan Davis collected his fourth hit in the 10th inning to tie his career-best, which came back on April 27, 2012 at UAB.
50 Head Coach Todd Whitting picked up his 50th career victory as the Cougar head coach.
The win was the 50th for head coach Todd Whitting and fifth for Houston this season as the Cougars improved to 5-2. With the loss, Texas State fell to 2-5 on the year.
Houston and Texas State entered the 10th inning knotted at two apiece, but it was the timely hitting of the Cougars that prevailed. Houston strung together two runs after junior Jonathan Davis reached on his fourth hit of the game to leadoff the inning. With one out, junior Landon Appling belted his second double of the day, a shot down the left field line, scoring Davis from first base. The Cougars added an insurance run on a Barker sacrifice fly to right field, plating Appling.
Freshman right-hander Jake Lemoine (3.0,2,0,0,1,1) earned his second win of the year in two back-to-back relief performances to improve to 2-0 for Houston. The Bridge City, Texas native, surrendered just two hits and a walk, while fanning one in 3.0 innings of work.
He replaced junior Daniel Poncedeleon (7.0,5,2,1,2,5) in the eighth as the La Mirada, Calif. native, wrapped up his second start as a Cougar, finishing with a no-decision. He allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks in 7.0 innings of work, while fanning five.
Houston tallied 13 hits for a season-high. The Cougars were led by Davis (4x5, R), who tied his career-best with four hits in five at-bats. Junior Landon Appling (2x4, R, RBI) doubled twice, including a ground-rule double, while driving in what proved to be the game-winner. Freshman Josh Vidales (2x5, R) also notched a multi-hit game and scored a run.
Contributing with big base knocks were junior Caleb Barker (1x2, R, RBI), freshman Kyle Kirk (1x3), junior Price Jacobs (1x1, RBI, SAC BU), freshman Kyle Survance (1x5) and junior Frankie Ratcliff (1x3, RBI).
Cougars opened the game up strong as freshman leadoff hitter Vidales doubled down the left field line. Freshman Kyle Kirk followed with a single to place runners at first and third for Ratcliff, who drove in the game's first run on a deep sacrifice fly to straightaway centerfield.
Houston had a chance to break open the game in the first, but stranded bases loaded after Davis doubled and Appling was hit by a pitch. After two strong defensive innings by Poncedeleon and the Cougars, Houston stranded two in the third as Ratcliff and Davis each singled.
Texas State threatened with a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth inning, but a huge defensive play by the Houston middle infield duo of Ratcliff and Vidales erased the runner at second to allow Poncedeleon to retire the final hitter of the inning on a fly out to Fulmer in right field.
Texas State evened the score in the latter half of the fifth after the leadoff hitter reached on a single to centerfield. With two outs, the Bobcats plated their first run of the game with a single into right field to even the score at 1-1.
Texas State took the lead in the sixth after back-to-back singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, allowing a passed ball to reach the backstop, moving runners up a base as the Bobcats grabbed a 2-1 lead.
Houston answered back with a run in the seventh inning when Barker led off the inning with a pinch-hit single through the right side. He was moved up a base on a sacrifice by freshman Ashford Fulmer and to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Pinch hitter Jacobs came through with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt to tie the game with a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt, collecting the RBI.
Houston's Appling belted a one-out deep fly ball to dead centerfield for a ground-rule double in the eighth, but was left hanging as Texas State pitching fanned its 10th and 11th Cougars.
Lemoine and Poncedeleon worked a solid combined effort on the bump, holding Texas State scorless through the final four innings.
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Houston will return to Cougar Field at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when it plays host to Houston Baptist. The Cougars will then travel downtown to face Texas A&M, Baylor, and Cal at The Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park.