Baseball Back on Track with 10-0 Shutout Win
March 5, 2014
HOUSTON - Houston Baseball used 17 hits, highlighted by a program-record six hits by senior Frankie Ratcliff and a combined shutout effort by five Cougar pitchers en route to a 10-0 run-rule victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday afternoon at Cougar Field.
The win improve to 9-2 on the year and 7-0 at home this season. The 7-0 start by Houston Baseball at Cougar Field is the best home start to open a season since opening 7-0 in 2006.
A 17-hit barrage was led by Ratcliff, who broke the Houston Baseball single-game record with six hits in a single game to finish 6-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI. He was followed by sophomore Justin Montemayor's three-for-five effort and one RBI, while sophomore Kyle Survance was two-for-two with two runs and two RBI, while drawing two walks.
Adding to the hit parade was sophomore Josh Vidales with two hits, two runs and two RBI to accompany two walks, while sophomore Ashford Fulmer contributed with two base knocks, one run and one walk. Senior Casey Grayson (1x4, R, BB) and freshman Jordan Stading (1x4, R) each tallied a hit and scored a run.
The Cougars drew nine walks in the win, the most since registering 10 in a win over Texas Southern on April 16, 2013 at home. He 17 hits were the most by Houston since tallying 18 in a loss at Marshall on April 5, 2013.
Houston used five pitchers in the shutout win to notch its sixth shutout of the season - the most in the nation.
Getting the nod to start was junior David Longville (3.1,3,0,0,0,2) who fanned two and allowed three hits in 3.1 innings of work. He was then relieved by junior Matt Locus (1.2,1,0,0,0,1) who earned his first win as a Cougar - to improve to 1-0 on the year. He allowed just one hit with one strikeout in 1.2 innings out of the pen.
Senior Aaron Stewart (0.1,1,0,0,1,0) worked 0.1 innings and handed the ball over to freshman Kirby Peek (1.2,1,0,0,1,0) who made his collegiate debut and was impressive, allowing just one hit and one walk in 1.2 innings in relief. Freshman teammate, Andrew Lantrip (1.0,0,0,0,0,1), made his collegiate debut as well, and was equally impressive, tossing a hitless inning with one strikeout.
Houston opened strong with a run in the first to take a 1-0 lead on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Ratcliff got things rolling with a one-out single and later scored after Montemayor and Vidales notched back-to-back hits with two outs.
Longville worked 3.0 scoreless innings before being lifted by Locus, who helped keep the Islanders off the board, stranding two in the fourth, including a runner at third.
The Cougars used three straight scoring innings in the fourth, fifth and sixth to plate six runs for a 7-0 lead after six frames.
Vidales opened the fourth with his second hit of the day and later came around to score the inning's lone run on a walk and wild pitches. The Cougars used two hits, including an RBI double by Montemayor and an RBI-groundout by Vidales to score Ratcliff and Grayson who tallied a hit and walk, respectively.
Ahead 4-0, the Cougars went on to bat the entire order in the sixth to score three following four hits. Fulmer opened with a one-out single, followed by Houston's first triple of the year off the bat of Survance, who plated Fulmer. An RBI-single by Ratcliff and a single and walk by Montemayor and Vidales set up a bases-loaded situation for Barker to rack up an RBI on a walk, scoring Ratcliff.
The Cougars would use a one-run seventh and two-run eighth to end the game in eight innings after a predetermined run-rule was decided. Ratcliff plated Survance, who walked, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Ratcliff came through for the sixth time tonight, driving in Vidales for the winning run after Survance drew a bases loaded walk.