HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball wasn't able to respond to the hot bats of No. 6 Kentucky in its Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic opener, as it fell 14-2 in seven innings on Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
The Cougars move to 5-3 on the year, while Kentucky improved to 9-1.
- Joe Davis and Grayson Padgett extended their on-base streak to nine games, dating back to 2017.
- Lael Lockhart Jr. has a base hit in all eight games this season.
- Freshmen RHP Trevis Sundgren and LHP Griffin Hattingh made their collegiate debuts for Houston.
Starter Trey Cumbie suffered his first loss of the year, allowing five earned runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 3.1 innings.
True freshmen Trevis Sundgren and Griffin Hattingh each made their collegiate debut in relief of Cumbie. Sundgren allowed three earned runs on four hits in 1.1 innings, while Hattingh went 2.1 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits, three walks with one strikeout.
2nd | Kentucky jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a single and two-run home run, but a Houston error kept the inning along, allowing three more runs to score on a three-run double into right center to make it quickly 5-0.
3rd | The Wildcats added to their lead with a pair of runs in the third on a two-run home run to make it 7-0.
4th | Kentucky belted their third home run of the game and added a triple in the fourth to extend its lead to 10-0.
Houston got on the board in the latter half of the fourth when Joe Davis and Jared Triolo each reached on back-to-back, one-out singles. Tucker Redden followed with the Cougars' third straight hit, an RBI-single up the middle, scoring Davis to make it 10-1.
5th | It didn't take Kentucky long to respond with another run as it used the first pitch in the fifth to belt another home run to regain its 10-run lead. The Wildcats would go on to add one more run in the frame on an RBI-single, following an error.
7th | Kentucky went on to score runs 13 and 14 in the seventh to secure the 10-run rule, following a walk, double and two passed balls.
The Cougars will continue to play in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park on Saturday vs. Mississippi State at 7 p.m. and wrap at 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Vanderbilt.
All three games will air on AT&T SportsNet SW and MLB.com.
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