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Houston Drops 12-Inning Heartbreaker, 3-2

March 4, 2018

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HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker in 12 innings to No. 21 Mississippi State Saturday in its second game of the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park.

The Cougars fell to 5-4 on the year, while the Bulldogs improved to 5-5.


HOUSTON HITS

  • Joe Davis extended his on-base streak to 10 games, dating back to 2017.
  • Lael Lockhart Jr. has a base hit in all nine games this season.
  • Connor Hollis belted his first home run of the year and third in his career on the first pitch he saw to lead off the fourth inning.
  • Aaron Fletcher tossed a career-long 6.1 innings and tied his career-best with six strikeouts.
  • Carter Henry recorded a career-long relief outing, throwing 4.2 innings.
  • Houston's 3-6 hitters combined for all seven hits.
  • Houston played its third extra inning game of 2018.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
Connor Hollis | 2x5, R, RBI, HR (1)
Lael Lockhart Jr. | 2x4, R, 2B
Joe Davis | 2x4, RBI
Rey Fuentes III | 1x5

Hollis belted his first home run of the year, a solo shot to tie the game in the fourth, while he joined Lockhart and Davis each with a multi-hit game.


PITCHING BREAKDOWN
Aaron Fletcher | 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Carter Henry | 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K
[L] Brayson Hurdsman | 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Junior starter Aaron Fletcher struck out a career-tying six Mississippi State hitters and went a career-long 6.1 innings, surpassing his previous long of 6.0 innings last week at Cal State Fullerton. The southpaw received the no decision, allowing one run on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts in his third start of 2018.

Sophomore Carter Henry showed well in his relief outing, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in a career-long relief performance of 4.2 innings tossed.

He handed the ball over to fellow sophomore Brayson Hurdsman, who suffered the unfortunate loss as he allowed one unearned run on a strikeout-passed ball to fall to 0-2 on the year.


KEY INNINGS
3rd | Mississippi State took a 1-0 lead in the third with two hits and an RBI-fielder's choice.

4th | Houston quickly responded in the fourth when Connor Hollis belted his third career home run and first of the season on the first pitch he saw to lead off the frame.

8th | The Cougars took a 2-1 lead in the eighth on three hits, highlighted by a Joe Davis' RBI-single, which plated Lael Lockhart Jr. who singled with one out.

Mississippi State would even the score back up in the latter half of the frame following a single, fielder's choice and RBI-double.

12th | Despite both teams have opportunites earlier, it took 12 innings to complete this one as Mississippi State struck out to open the 12th, but reached on a passed ball. The runner stole second and moved to third on a groundout and with one out, scored on a sacrifice fly to center field for the game-winner.


ON DECK
The Cougars will wrap up the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at 6 p.m. Sunday when they face No. 5 Vanderbilt in the tournament finale at Minute Maid Park.

The final game will air on AT&T SportsNet SW and Astros.com.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for the College Classic can be purchased through Astros.com or by CLICKING HERE.


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