Baseball Faces Hot-Hitting Cal in College Classic Finale Loss
March 3, 2013
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)
Win:Collin Monsour (1-0)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
2 Houston freshmen Kyle Kirk and Justin Montemayor each led Houston with two hits apiece.
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.
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