HOUSTON – No. 9 Houston Baseball dropped its first game of 2016, a 3-2 heartbreaker, to No. 23 Texas Tech in Game 1 of the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park on Friday afternoon.
With the tough loss, Houston fell to 4-1 on the year, while Texas Tech’s win lifted it to 5-1.
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Saturday vs. Arkansas – Live on RTSW Alt. 1 / Live on MLB Network
Sunday vs. TCU – Live on ROOT Sports SW and MLB Network
** All MLB Network games will be blacked out in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico
2016 Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic Schedule
Sat., Feb. 27 Texas Tech at Louisiana-Lafayette 12:05 p.m.
Houston at Arkansas 3:35 p.m.
Rice at TCU 7:05 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 28 Arkansas at Texas Tech 11:05 a.m.
TCU at Houston 2:35 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette at Rice 6:05 p.m.
Junior starter Andrew Lantrip (5.1,5,3,3,1,7) struck out seven in 5.1 innings of work, but allowed three runs on five hits and one walk – suffering his first loss of the year, falling to 1-1.
Sophomore reliever Aaron Fletcher (2.2,2,0,0,0,4) fanned four in 2.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Houston was held to just five hits on the afternoon as freshman Joe Davis led the way with his fourth multi-hit game of the year, going 2-for-2 with a double and RBI. Senior Justin Montemayor used a sacrifice fly to plate the only other run for Houston.
The Cougars stole six bases on the afternoon and upped their season total to a perfect 12-for-12.
It didn’t take long for the Cougars to jump on board with a run in the bottom of the first as Davis drove in his team-leading 12th RBI of the year – scoring sophomore Connor Hollis – who reached on a fielder’s choice and move to second on a run-down play.
Lantrip proved his Preseason All-American status once again when the junior kept Texas Tech hitters at bay early, fanning four through the first 3.0 innings, while retiring 10 of the first 11 hitters he faced.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Texas Tech tied the game at 1-1 with a solo home run to left field.
Houston missed out on an opportunity when it left bases loaded in the top of the fifth after sophomore Zac Taylor and Hollis were hit by pitches and sophomore Corey Julks walked. Red Raider starter Ryan Moseley was able to escape the jam and force a strikeout, flyout and groundout to keep the score knotted at 1-1.
Lantrip continued to make a statement, striking out the side in the fifth to increase his total to seven in those frames, but Texas Tech would put runners on the corners with one out in the sixth to force a Houston pitching change. Lantrip handed the ball to Fletcher, who was able to induce a groundout for out No. 2 in the frame, but Texas Tech managed to score twice on a two-run single with two outs to take a 3-1 lead.
The Cougars opened the eighth inning with back-to-back infield singles from Julks and Davis before Montemayor’s sacrifice fly to right field following a throwing error gave the Cougars a run, making it a 3-2 game with one out. Unfortunately, the Cougars were left with a runner at third base – for their eighth runner left on.
Texas Tech reliever Hayden Howard (3.0,2,1,0,1,4) picked up the win in relief, allowing one unearned run on two hits with four strikeouts in 3.0 innings out of the pen. Teammate Davis Martin earned his second save after one shutout inning.
Arkansas will enter the weekend with a 5-0 record with back-to-back convincing wins over non-conference foe Mississippi Valley State. The Razorbacks hold a national ranking as high as No. 18 in the nation entering this week’s play.
Prior to Arkansas and Houston’s meeting on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., the Razorbacks will meet Rice at 7 p.m. Friday.
Arkansas is led by Eric Cole’s .538 average, while Luke Bonfield is hitting .385 with a team-leading 10 RBI – thanks to two home runs thus far.
On the bump, RHP Blaine Knight made the start last Saturday in Arkansas’ series win over Central Michigan where he went 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts for a 3.60 ERA in his first collegiate start.
Out of the bullpen, the Razorbacks have used the arms of six players, who have multiple appearances– led by Kacey Murphy’s three appearances and 4.50 ERA in 2.0 innings.
Houston: LHP John King (0.00 ERA, 1-0, 6.0 IP, 9 K)
Arkansas: RHP Blaine Knight (3.60 ERA, 1-0, 5.0 IP, 3 K)
SERIES HISTORY vs. ARKANSAS
Houston and Arkansas have met 59 previous times, dating back to 1975. The Razorbacks own the all-time series, 37-22, but Houston has won the last two meetings, including a 4-1 win in the College Classic back on March 3, 2012.
TCU enters the weekend with a 3-1 overall record, which included a series win over Loyola Marymount and a 17-3 midweek win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Horned Frogs are ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation and are coming off a trip to the College World Series a year ago.
Leading the charge in the batter’s box is Elliott Barzilli, who is hitting .688 with a team-leading 11 hits. He is followed by Josh Watson’s .400 average.
On the bump, RHP Luken Baker made his collegiate debut start last Sunday in a win over Loyola Marymount. The freshman went 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit with six strikeouts. Relievers Ryan Burnett paces the bullpen in appearances with three, while three other Horned Frogs have at least two relief appearances in four games.
Prior to TCU and Houston meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the Horned Frogs will meet Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Rice on Saturday at 7 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY vs. TCU
Houston and TCU have met 100 previous times, dating back to 1973. The Cougars own the all-time series, 52-46-2, but the Horned Frogs have won the last three meetings, including a 2-1 win in the College Classic on March 2, 2014.
Following the weekend at Minute Maid Park, the Cougars will return to Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park for the next five games, beginning with a midweek matchup on Tuesday, March 1 vs. UTSA at 6:30 p.m. Houston will then welcome in Baylor for a three-game series (March 4-6) and wrap up the home stand with a midweek matchup vs. Prairie View A&M on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
JOIN THE DUGOUT CLUB
Nationally-ranked Houston Baseball would like to encourage those wishing to support the efforts and success of the baseball student-athletes to consider joining the Dugout Club for as low as $25 a month or $300 annually.
For a minimum monthly installment of $25 or a minimum one-time gift of $300, supporters can take advantage of the Pinch Hitter level, which will guarantee an invitation for two to exclusive Dugout Club events and Houston Baseball team apparel.
For a minimum monthly installment of $100 or a minimum one-time gift of $1,000, supporters can take advantage of the Diamond level, which will guarantee batting practice passes for two to any home game, invitation for two to exclusive Dugout Club events and Houston Baseball apparel.
**Cougar Pride points will be applied accordingly.
For more information on joining the Dugout Club, please contact the Houston Baseball office at (713) 743-9396.
For more information regarding Cougar Pride, please call (713) 743-GOUH
BUY SEASON/ SINGLE-GAME / GROUP TICKETS
Houston Baseball will play 32 home games at Cougar Field this upcoming 2016 season and fans can purchase season tickets for as low as $99 online by visiting UHCougars.com/tickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Stadium Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m.
Houston Baseball will offer variable pricing on its single-game tickets and group rates.
As noted in the table above, variable pricing occurs. For weekday (Tuesday/Wednesday) games, prices range from $5-$7 depending on the choice of seating.
Weekend ((Thursday) Friday-Sunday) online pricing will range from $6-$8 per game.
Group rates are also available (as noted in the table). Weekday (Tuesday/Wednesday) and Weekend ((Thursday) Friday-Sunday) pricing occurs. Groups of 10-24 are set at $4-$5 per person, while groups of 25+ are $3-$4 per person.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season baseball home games with a valid student ID.
2016 SCHEDULE QUICK HITS
- 32 home games; 38 in the city of Houston
- First 12 games of the season will be played in the city of Houston
- 21 of the first 25 games will be played in the city of Houston
- 18 of the first 25 games will be played at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park
- Houston has three first-time opponents on the schedule: Villanova, Grand Canyon, George Washington
RICE & TEXAS IN SUGAR LAND, TEXAS AT CONSTELLATION FIELD
- Houston will meet both Texas (April 12) and Rice (May 17) for non-conference, midweek games at Sugar Land’s Constellation Field.
NCAA TOURNAMENT COMPETITION
- 20 games this season will be played against an NCAA-tournament team from 2015
- Arkansas, TCU, Texas Southern, Rice, Texas A&M, East Carolina, Texas, USF, Tulane
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