March 2, 2014
HOUSTON - Houston Baseball dropped its second straight one-run game at the Houston College Classic, falling to No. 12 TCU, 2-1, on Sunday evening at Minute Maid Park to finish 1-2 on the weekend.
The Cougars will return home for one midweek contest with an 8-2 overall record, while TCU improved to 7-4 on the year.
Several bright spots happened throughout the weekend as junior Aaron Garza earned Houston College Classic Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors, which was highlighted by his 8.2 shutout gem over No. 26 Texas Tech on Friday. He held the Red Raiders to just six hits, no runs, allowed no walks with a career-high seven strikeouts.
Sophomore starter Jared West (5.1,4,1,0,1,3) made a strong start, tossing 5.1 innings, allowing four scattered hits and one walk to accompany his three strikeouts. He gave up one unearned run. He left in the sixth and was credited with the no-decision.
Junior Jared Robinson (1.0,2,1,1,1,1) would suffer the loss, his first of the year, falling to 1-1 on the year in relief. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk with one strikeout in the 1.0-inning effort out of the pen.
Senior Tyler Ford (0.1,0,0,0,0,0) induced a flyout in a critical spot to keep the game a one-run contest.
Senior Chase Wellbrock (2.1,1,0,0,0,0) took over in the eighth and shut TCU down, allowing just one base runner.
TCU scored in the third to take a 1-0 lead after a leadoff walk, sacrifice bunt and throwing error by Houston, on a botched pickoff attempt. West would escape the inning with just one unearned run allowed and a big strikeout to end the frame.
It took until the fifth inning for Houston to get things going offensively after putting several nice swings on some pitches. A leadoff single by Barker and a perfect sacrifice bunt by Appling made way for a ground-rule double off the bat of Fulmer to score Barker and tie the game at 1-1 in the fifth.
Pitching an effective game, West was relieved by Robinson in the sixth after recording an out and then charged with an error on an intentional base-running interference play when the TCU runner made way into the base path to intentionally run into West. With that, the runner was awarded first base.
Robinson settled in to help West out, shutting down the Horned Frogs on a flyout and a fielder's choice.
The Horned Frogs used a one-out walk and two base hits in the seventh to go ahead 2-1 over Houston.
The Cougars threatened in the eighth when Ratcliff reached on his second hit of the game to open the frame. He ended up moving the third when sophomore Justin Montemayor reached on a fielder's choice to put runners at first and third, but TCU was able to escape any scoring threat.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONOREES
C Anthony Azar, Sam Houston State
1B Casey Grayson, Houston
2B Garrett Crain, TCU
3B Carter Burgess, Sam Houston State
SS Ryan Long, Texas Tech
OF Colt Atwood, Sam Houston State
OF Hayden Simerly, Sam Houston State
OF Kyle Survance, Houston
DH Jacob Lueneburg, Houston
P Blake Fox, Rice
P Aaron Garza, Houston
P Dillon Peters, Texas
P Chris Sadberry, Texas Tech
Houston College Classic Most Outstanding Player: RHP Aaron Garza, Houston
"Really proud of the effort throughout the entire weekend. We played hard as a team, but just didn't get that many breaks. We gave up two earned runs throughout the entire weekend, and lost two games. That's pretty stiff competition. Great tournament this weekend, and we're looking forward to next week with the ballclub going to California."
2015 HOUSTON COLLEGE CLASSIC ANNOUNCED
The Houston Astros announced Sunday evening the lineup for the 2015 Houston College Classic:
Joining Houston will be LSU, Texas A&M, Baylor, Nebraska and Mississippi State.
The dates are slated for: March 6-8, 2015.
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SINGLE GAME TICKETS
Single-game tickets begin as low as $6 for youth and $8 for adults in general admission seating (Level 200) and as low as $8 for youth and $10 for adults in reserved seating (Level 100).
Premium games for the Cougars will include the Baylor midweek game (Tues., March 11), the Rice midweek game (Tues., March 25) and the Louisville weekend series (April 11-13). Premium games begin as low as $7 for youth and $10 for adults in general admission seating (Level 200) and as low as $12 for youth and $15 for adults in reserved seating (Level 100).
By visiting UHCougars.com, clicking the Tickets link, and then Purchase Tickets, while following the appropriate links to the Baseball page or by clicking here, fans can begin purchasing tickets for single games at Cougar Field this season.
FAMILY PLAN TICKET PACKAGE
Families can purchase the Family Plan for just $399, which includes two adult and two youth General Admission tickets to each of the 33 home games.
General Admission seats include 33 "Anytime Tickets". You may use one ticket to each home game, 33 tickets to one game, or any combination in between.
General Admission season tickets start for as low as $150 (33 home games/$4.50 per ticket), while Reserved season tickets start at only $200 (33 home games/$6.00 per ticket).
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KIDS (8th grade & younger) with CAMP T-SHIRT GET IN FREE
Kids who show up to Cougar Field in a UH Baseball Camp T-Shirt and are in the eighth grade or younger will receive FREE ADMISSION to any Houston Baseball home game.
The Cougars will then return to Cougar Field to host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. - Note: 6 p.m. start rather than 6:30 p.m. to accommodate fans wishing to attend the MBB game vs. USF at 7:30 p.m.