Baseball Faces Hot-Hitting Cal in College Classic Finale Loss

Kyle Kirk had two hits and drove in a run

March 3, 2013

Final Stats | Box Score

HOUSTON -- Breaks just didn't fall Houston Baseball's way in a 13-2 loss in eight innings to Cal in the weekend finale on Sunday at the Astros Foundation College Classic, played at Minute Maid Park.

FINAL | Minute Maid Park (Houston, Texas)

13   Houston

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Cal 0 3 2 0 4 0 0 4 13 20 1
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 0

Win:Collin Monsour (1-0)
Loss: Daniel Poncedeleon (0-2)


Houston IP H R ER BB SO
Daniel Poncedeleon 2.2 6 5 5 2 2
Logan Piper 1.2 3 2 2 0 2
Tyler Ford 0.0 2 2 2 0 0
Jake Lemoine 0.2 2 0 0 0 0
Ryan Bonnot 2.1 4 3 3 1 2
Keith Brenner 0.2 3 1 1 0 0
Collin Monsour 5.1 5 1 1 1 4
Logan Scott 2.2 3 1 1 1 2


Houston AB R H RBI BB SB
Kyle Kirk 2 0 3 1 0 0
Justin Montemayor 3 0 2 0 0 0
Frankie Ratcliff 3 0 0 1 0 0
Caleb Barker 3 0 1 0 0 0
Michael Pyeatt 2 0 1 0 0 0
Josh Vidales 2 1 1 0 1 0
Jonathan Davis 4 0 1 0 0 0


2 Houston freshmen Kyle Kirk and Justin Montemayor each led Houston with two hits apiece.

6 Freshman Josh Vidales drew six walks this weekend, while junior Jonathan Davis extended his current hit streak to six games.

7 Houston stranded seven runners on base - including two in the second, sixth and seventh innings.

The loss snapped the Cougars' five-game win streak as they now sit at 8-3 this season. Houston finished with a 2-1 weekend record in the most premier early season college baseball tournament in the nation, which featured three Top 30 teams. Houston earned wins over No. 30 Texas A&M (7-6) and Baylor (15-4 (7)) before falling to the Golden Bears on Sunday.
Houston just couldn't respond to Cal's early lead as the Golden Bears' starter Collin Monsour (5.1,5,1,1,1,4) did his part, holding the Cougars to just one run, which came late in the sixth) on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts for the win.
The Cougars put together eight hits, but Cal connected on 20 hits and 12 RBI.
Houston was led offensively by freshmen Kyle Kirk (2x4, RBI) and Justin Montemayor (2x4) with two hits each. Kirk and junior Frankie Ratcliff (0x3, RBI) drove in Houston's two lone runs on a single and sacrifice fly, respectively.
Adding to the offensive mix with a hit was freshman Josh Vidales (1x2, R), juniors Jonathan Davis (1x4) and Caleb Barker (1x3) and sophomore Michael Pyeatt (1x2).
Cal jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning after tallying four hits and went on to post a two-spot in the second frame after two hits, two walks and a hit batsmen.
Down 5-0, Houston's Montemayor tallied the Cougars' first hit of the game - a one-out single to centerfield in the second inning. He was followed by Barker, who singled to right field, but both were stranded after Survance scorched a two-out ball to a diving third basemen that saved two runs.
Cal went on to plate four more in the fifth - to extend its lead to 9-0 through five frames.
Houston used a leadoff walk in the sixth by Vidales, his sixth of the weekend, and a Kirk single into right center to put runners at first and third for Ratcliff, who drove in Houston's first run on a sacrifice fly to left field.  
Cal continued its hot-hitting in the eighth when it plated four on five hits to take an 11-run lead - putting the 10-run rule in effect for the game.
Houston starter Daniel Poncedeleon (2.2,6,5,5,2,2) lasted just 2.2 innings after allowing five runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
The Cougars used sophomore Logan Piper (1.2,3,3,2,0,2), junior Tyler Ford (0.0,2,2,2,0,0), freshman Jake Lemoine (0.2,2,0,0,0,0), senior Ryan Bonnot (2.1,4,3,31,2) and redshirt freshman Keith Brenner (0.2,3,1,1,0,0) out of the pen in today's outing.

On if the team experienced a hangover from the past two games
"Well you have to tip your cap to Cal. Cal came out and played really well. To be able to put up 20 hits on the board, score early, and keep scoring. They did what they had to do; obviously we didn't play very well. We got down early, and usually our team will fight to make the game close. We had a little bit of a hangover with the two big wins, but that's going to happen with a young ball club. You have to give a lot of credit to Cal, they played really well."
On the overall weekend
"I feel good about the weekend. We beat two really good teams. I'm happy with where the ball club is at right now at this point in the season. We have a big week ahead of us with five games all at home. I told the team to put this one behind you, because it's not us. We are not going to play like this one Tuesday, and we'll be ready to go."
On what you learned about the team this weekend
"I like our club; we are going to have games like this. We are young, and a little inexperienced right now. These guys have played a lot of baseball in the past, but they haven't played a baseball schedule where every game matters. That's the difference between playing at the Division I level compared to junior college or high school level is there are no games you can take off. This is an expensive lesson we learned today, but I hope it will help us moving forward."

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Houston will return to Cougar Field for five games next week, beginning with a two-game series on Tuesday (6:30 pm) and Wednesday (4 pm) against Penn State and a weekend series vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6:30 pm/6:30 pm/1 pm).



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