March 8, 2013
HOUSTON -- A dominating pitching performance by junior Daniel Poncedeleon and a season-high 16 hits by the Cougars lifted Houston Baseball to a 13-0 shutout win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday night at Cougar Field to improve to 11-3 this year.
Win: Daniel Poncedeleon (1-2)
Loss: Trevor Foss (2-2)
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NUMBERS OF NOTE
1 Freshman Jacob Campbell belted his first collegiate homerun to put Houston up 3-0 in the fourth inning on a 0-1 shot to left field. 2Junior Caleb Barker belted the Cougars' second grand slam of the season in the eighth inning, joining fellow junior Jonathan Davis with the four-RBI hit.
9 All nine starters tallied a hit for the first time this season.
16 Houston's 16 hits tonight were a season-high, surpassing last game's 14 knocks vs. Penn State.
42 Houston has scored 42 runs in the last three games (Penn State, Penn State, TAMCC) - for 14 runs per game.
The Cougars' shutout win was the second shutout this season and the errorless game was the fourth error-free performance by Houston in the last five games.
Poncedeleon (7.0,4,0,0,0,5) was outstanding in his fourth start this season--earning his first win as a Cougar (1-2) after throwing 7.0 shutout innings with five strikeouts, no walks, while scattering four hits - which included tossing 4.0 hitless innings (2nd-5th).
Junior reliever Dylan Rucker (2.0,2,0,0,0,1) pitched the final 2.0 innings, allowing two hits with one strikeout, while combining with Poncedeleon for 9.0 shutout innings. The combined shutout was the first for two Cougar pitchers since the May 21, 2011 game at Memphis.
Houston's season-best 16 hits came on an 11-hit effort by the Cougar freshmen. The 16 hits and 13 runs scored accounted for the fourth team double-double this season and third in a row.
Jacob Campbell (2x3, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR, 2B) led the charge with three RBI and two hits, while scoring three runs. Classmates Josh Vidales (3x5, 2 R) and Kyle Kirk (3x4, R) totaled six hits with three knocks apiece, while fellow newcomers Ashford Fulmer (2x4, R, 2 RBI) and Justin Montemayor (1x5, R) added hits.
Junior Caleb Barker (2x5, 2 R, 4 RBI) drove in a career-best four RBI on an eighth-inning grand slam, while scoring two runs in the effort. He was joined in run producing with fellow junior Frankie Ratcliff's (1x4, R, 2 RBI) single and two RBI. Sophomore Michael Pyeatt (1x3, R) and junior Landon Appling (1x4, R) also added a base knock and a run scored to the winning effort.
Houston used a three-run fourth inning to break open a scoreless game as the Cougars tallied three runs on three hits -sparked by a huge two-out, two-run homerun off the bat of Campbell to left field.
Barker and Montemayor opened the frame with back-to-back singles and moved up a base on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Pyeatt. Barker later scored on a wild pitch for the game's first run. With Montemayor at third and two-outs, Campbell drove his 0-1 pitch out of the park for the Cougars' fourth homerun of the year to give Houston a 3-0 lead.
The Cougars scratched another run across in the bottom of the fifth when Vidales scored on an Islander error after leading off the inning with a single to centerfield.
Houston extended their lead to 8-0 following a four-run sixth inning sparked by a leadoff walk and four straight hits, including back-to-back doubles. Fulmer drove in two on his double down the left field line for his third straight multi-hit game, while Campbell and Ratcliff each knocked in a run each.
Houston continued its hot-hitting with three hits and five runs in the eighth inning - which included a grand slam off the bat of Barker to score Vidales, Kirk and Ratcliff, who all reached on consecutive singles and walk, respectively.
HOUSTON HEAD COACH Todd Whitting
Thoughts on the game
"It's easy to look at the box score and see all the offense with double digit runs, and double digit hits. The most impressive thing tonight was Daniel Poncedeleon. He went seven innings gave up four hits, and no walks. That was his best outing of the year by far. He did a great job of bouncing back and throwing the next pitch. I'm really proud of the ball club right now. Offensively we were lights out, and we played great defense didn't have an error all night. The club has a good mentality right now, but that's game one we have two more in front of us. We just have to be ready for tomorrow."
On having a season-high 16 hits in a game
"Stats are something I don't look at a lot, but usually when you get 16 hits you're going to win. We did a good job of cashing in with the hits that we did get. Once again we took good pitches, and taking our walks when they are there. We walked in one of our runs, and that's one of the little things that I look at, and talk to the ball club about. Just focusing on playing the game of baseball the right way, and right now they are doing a great job of fundamentally executing everything we're doing."
JUNIOR RHP Daniel Poncedeleon
On the start tonight
"I just tried to keep the ball down and let my movement take over. I didn't try to overpower their hitters like I did last game against Cal. I tried to forget the last pitch and just move forward on each at bat."
JUNIOR CATCHER Caleb Barker
On the grand slam in the 8th inning
"I went up to the plate, swung and missed at the first pitch. I was a little long so I told myself to shorten up with two outs. I was just concerned with putting a good swing on the ball and driving in a run. The ball ended up carrying out of here."
On the team approach at the plate
"We did a really good job top to bottom in our lineup. The young guys, especially our freshmen, are doing a phenomenal job of staying within themselves, and not trying to do too much. They are playing to their capabilities and getting base hits."
FRESHMAN DH Jacob Campbell
On your first career home run
"It felt pretty good. I knew we had a runner on third base. I wanted to score him, and the guy threw me a curveball. I was able to put a good swing on it and it went over."
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Houston will continue the three-game series on Saturday at 6:30 pm and conclude on Sunday at 1 pm. Following the weekend series, Houston will make its first of just two midweek away games in the month of March when it travels to Waco to take on Baylor at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.