HOUSTON – Houston Baseball freshman Joe Davis notches a career-night, going 4-for-4 at the plate, but it wasn’t enough as the No. 9 Cougars fall 12-3 to No. 18 Arkansas in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park on Saturday.
With the loss, Houston fell to 4-2 on the year, while Arkansas improved to 7-0 and 2-0 in the tournament.
Davis finished the night with a perfect 4-for-4 effort and walked to reach base in all five plate appearances as Houston put together an 11-hit effort, but was outslugged by the Razorbacks, who tallied 13 hits – three of which landed for home runs.
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2016 Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic Schedule
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.
ON THE BUMP BREAKDOWN
John King – 2.1 IP / 7 H / 6 R / 0 BB / 2 K
Nick Hernandez – 1.2 IP / 2 H / 2 R / 0 BB / 2 K
Nathan Jackson – 0.0 IP / 0 H / 1 R / 2 BB / 0 K
Chris Reed – 3.0 IP / 4 H / 3 R / 2 ER / 1 BB / 2 K
Trey Cumbie – 1.0 IP / 3 K
The Cougars tallied 11 hits, but were only able to muster up three runs in the effort. Behind Davis’ career-night, senior Justin Montemayor went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI and sophomore Clay Casey went 1-for-5 with a double and RBI.
Junior starter John King (2.1,7,6,6,0,2) would suffer his first loss as a Cougar, allowing six runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings of work, falling to 1-1 on the year.
Houston saw relievers Nick Hernandez (1.2,2,2,2,0,2) and Nathan Jackson (0.0,0,1,1,2,0) enter from the bullpen before handing the ball over to redshirt freshman Chris Reed (3.0,4,3,2,1,2) – who was making his first ever Houston appearance. Reed managed to hold Arkansas at bay in his 3.0 innings out of the pen, allowing two earned runs on just four hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Freshman Trey Cumbie was a bright spot out of the bullpen, facing three hitters and striking out the side.
Montemayor’s two-out RBI-double into left center scored Davis – who reached on a two-out single in the first, giving Houston the early 1-0 lead. Arkansas would quickly respond with a run of its own in the latter half of the inning after back-to-back singles opened the frame before an RBI-groundout knotted the score.
The Razorbacks would extend their lead in the second inning following a leadoff single and two-run home run for the 3-1 lead early.
Arkansas came out swinging in the third, plating five runs to increase its lead to 8-1 – highlighted by Michael Bernal’s second home run of the game – this time, a three-run shot. After back-to-back walks to open the fifth inning, the Razorbacks managed to take advantage of that and plate one more run – making it a 9-1 game.
Houston’s Davis would continue to put up solid extra-base numbers, posting his second double of the game to lead off the top of the sixth and later come around to score on a one-out double down the left field line by Casey to narrow Arkansas’ lead to seven at 9-2.
Reyes got things going for the Cougars in the seventh with a leadoff single – his second hit of the game – and came around to score on another Davis RBI-hit to narrow Arkansas’ lead to 9-3 before the Razorbacks made several pitching changes before escaping a bases-loaded jam to end the frame.
A three-run eighth inning capped off an impressive offensive night for Arkansas as three home runs highlighted the 12-run effort.
Arkansas reliever James Teague (2.0,1,0,0,1,4) fanned four in 2.0 innings of work to earn the win – his first of the year.
TCU faces Rice in the Saturday nightcap before meeting Houston at 2:30 pm Sunday. 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.
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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