HOUSTON -- Despite tallying 12 hits, Houston Baseball wasn't able to respond to the early offensive production by No. 5 Vanderbilt as it dropped the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic finale on Sunday evening, 9-4, at Minute Maid Park.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 5-5 on the year, while Vanderbilt improved to 10-3.
2019 Shriners College Classic Field (All Texas Programs)
Houston will compete in the 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, set for March 1-3, 2019.
The field includes all Texas programs. Opponents vs. the Cougars will be announced at a later date.
- Texas A&M
- Texas State
2018 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
C Tanner Allen, Miss. St. .455 (5x11), 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, .600 OBP
1B Blake Chisolm, SHSU .429 (3x7), 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 1 HB, .636 OBP
2B Hunter Kasuls, Louisiana .333 (3x9), 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 HB, .500 OBP, 2 SB
3B Luke Heyer, Kentucky .727 (8x11), 5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
SS Connor Kaiser, Vanderbilt .273 (3x11), 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 HB, 1 SB
OF Ben Aklinski, Kentucky .500 (6x12), 4 R, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 3 BB, .600 OBP
OF Tanner Poole, Miss. St. .455 (5x11), 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, .538 OBP, 1 SB
OF Ryan Johnson, Kentucky .400 (4x10), 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 HB, .455 OBP
DH T.J. Collett, Kentucky .583 (7x12), 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, .643 OBP
P Jack Burk, Louisiana 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0ER/7IP), 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K
P Aaron Fletcher, Houston 0-0, 1.42 ERA (1ER/6.1IP), 7 H, 1 BB, 6 K
P Connor Pilkington, Miss. St. 1-0, 1.29 ERA (1ER/7IP), 3 H, 1 BB, 13 K
P Zack Thompson, Kentucky 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0ER/6IP), 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K
- Houston out hit Vanderbilt, 12 to 7.
- Joe Davis extended his on-base streak to 11 games, dating back to 2017.
- Landon Etzel belted his second home run of the year and third of his career to lead off the game.
- Drew Minter and Connor Hollis each have five doubles with one vs. Vanderbilt to lead the team.
- Dylan Lester and Hunter Edwards made their collegiate debuts out of the bullpen after earning redshirts in 2017.
- Houston used eight pitchers in Sunday's game.
- The final six pitchers for the Cougars held Vanderbilt to two hits and no runs.
Ryan Randel | 1.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 2 K
Kyle Ott | 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Tyler Bielamowicz | 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Dylan Lester | 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Spencer Juergens | 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K
Hunter Edwards | 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Trevis Sundgren | 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Griffin Hattingh | 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Houston starter Ryan Randel lasted 1.2 innings, allowing seven runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts. He fell to 1-1 on the year with the loss.
Dylan Lester made his collegiate debut in relief after earning a redshirt in 2017. He lasted 1.1 innings with one walk and one strikeout.
After bases were loaded for Vanderbilt in the sixth, Hunter Edwards came on in relief and held the Commodores scoreless in the frame and went on to toss 2.0 shutout innings in his collegiate debut after redshirting last season.
Trevis Sundgren relieved Edwards for his second bullpen appearance of the weekend and allowed one hit and recorded two outs before handing the ball over to classmate Griffin Hattingh, who struck out one.
1st | Houston used a lead off home run to open the game by Landon Etzel, his second of the year, to make it a 1-0 game early.
Vanderbilt responded in the latter half of the frame with three hits, including a two-run home run to go ahead, 4-1.
2nd | Vanderbilt used a bases-clearing double to plate three runs in the second after runners reached via a single and back-to-back walks. The Commodores extended their lead by six at 7-1.
Vanderbilt added two runs with a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch to go ahead, 9-2.
5th | Back-to-back doubles to open the fifth lead to a run for the Cougars as Connor Hollis led off the frame with a double down the left field line and came around to score on a Joe Davis RBI-double into right center to make it 9-3 in favor of Vanderbilt.
7th | For the second time in Sunday's game, Hollis opened the frame with a base hit and scored on an RBI-double by Davis -- this time off a ball that missed being a two-run home run by inches as the Cougars trimmed Vanderbilt's lead by five at 9-4 in the seventh.
Houston will return to Schroeder Park with five home games slated for this week, beginning with two midweek matchups. The Cougars will host Houston Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and McNeese at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Following the midweek action, Houston will welcome San Diego to campus for a three-game series, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.
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