Baseball Drops 2-1 Decision to No. 12 TCU

    March 2, 2014

    Final Stats


    TCU
    (7-4)

    2

      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    TCU 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 1
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 3


    HOUSTON
    (8-2)

    1

    STATS COMPARISON

    Runs 1 2
    AB 32 32
    Hits 5 7
    RBI 1 1
    BB 4 2
    LOB 8 9


    STAT LEADERS

    Ratcliff 2 H 2 x2
    Fulmer 1 2B 1 Fitzgerald
    None -- 3B -- None
    None -- HR -- None
    Fulmer 1 RBI 1 Jones
    Barker 1 R 1 x2
    x2 1 SB 2 Fitzgerald


    PITCHING

    IP

    H

    R

    ER

    BB

    SO

    W - Yount (1-0) 2.2 2 0 0 3 5
    L - Robinson
    (1-1)
    1.0 2 1 1 1 1
    S - Ferrell (1) 1.2 0 0 0 0 2

    POSTGAME NOTES

    Houston landed four players on the All-Tournament team. SP Aaron Garza, DH Jacob Lueneburg, 1B Casey Grayson and RF Kyle Survance all took home honors while Garza was named tournament MVP.

    Houston starting pitching has allowed just 10 walks in 90 innings pitched this season.

    As a pitching staff, the Cougars now own a 0.80 earned run average on the year.


    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.

    Joining him on the All-Tournament Team was 1B senior Casey Grayson, OF sophomore Kyle Survance and DH senior Jacob Lueneburg.

    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.

    Houston tallied five hits to TCU's seven as senior Frankie Ratcliff led the way with two. Sophomore Ashford Fulmer drove in the Cougars' lone run on an RBI-ground-rule double to right center.

    Also picking up base hits for Houston were senior Caleb Barker (1x4, R) and sophomore Kyle Survance (1x4).

    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


    POST-GAME QUOTES
    Todd Whitting
    "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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