HOUSTON - No. 8 Houston Baseball was shutout for the first time this season following a 6-0 loss to No. 11 Texas A&M in the second game of the Houston College Classic on Saturday evening at Minute Maid Park.
With the loss, the Cougars have fallen to 8-7 on the year and 0-2 in the weekend tournament, while the Aggies improved to 15-0 on the season and 2-0 in the tournament.
Houston's offense was held to just three hits by Texas A&M starter Grayson Long (7.0,3,0,0,0,0,10) who fanned 10 Cougars in the outing en route to his third win of the season.
Recording hits for the Cougars were junior Josh Vidales (1x3, BB), junior Justin Montemayor (1x4) and freshman Michael Wisz (1x3). Vidales has now reached base in all 14 games he has appeared in this season.
Houston starter Jake Lemoine (6.1,6,5,3,1,2) was tagged with his first loss of the season, falling to 1-1 after allowing three earned runs on six hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
Junior Patrick Weigel (2.2,2,1,0,0,1) pitched 2.2 innings in relief, allowing no earned runs on two hits and a strikeout.
Houston and Texas A&M played three scoreless frames before the Aggies jumped on the scoreboard first with two runs following a leadoff single and a two-run homerun by Texas A&M's Hunter Melton.
After retiring the Cougars in order in the fourth, Texas A&M used a leadoff homerun by Michael Barash in the fifth to extend its lead to 3-0 on the Cougars.
A Houston error and a ground-rule double down the left line, after fans made contact with the ball, left Aggies at second and third with one out in top of the seventh, which called for a pitching change by Houston as Lemoine exited and handed the ball over to teammate Weigel.
Texas A&M would use a two-out RBI triple, as part of a three-run seventh inning on three hits, to extend its lead to 6-0 and never look back.
Houston Baseball will wrap up its weekend in the Houston College Classic when it takes on Hawaii Sunday at 6:05 p.m. Following the Classic, the Cougars will travel to Huntsville, Texas on Tuesday, March 10 to play Sam Houston State in a 6:30 p.m. game.
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Sunday vs. Hawai'i - 6:05 p.m.
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- Houston and Hawai'i will meet for the first time in program history on Sunday.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
Sunday, March 8 - 6:05 p.m. vs. Hawai'i
Houston: RHP Aaron Garza (5.94 ERA, 0-1)
Hawai'i: LHP Jarrett Arakawa (First appearance)
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