Houston Baseball Falls 3-0 at Pepperdine
March 9, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Despite loading the bases and threatening in the ninth, Houston Baseball would go on to fall 3-0 at Pepperdine in the final game of the California tour, Sunday afternoon in Malibu, Calif.
The Cougars fell to 11-3 on the year, but finished a solid weekend on the road at 2-1 with wins over USC and No. 9 UCLA. Houston will gear up for a 13-game homestand, beginning Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. vs. Baylor.
Pepperdine's Aaron Brown (8.0,2,0,0,0,7) held Houston hitters in check all game as he registered seven strikeouts and allowed just two hits in his 8.0-shutout innings for the win. The lefty improved to 3-0 on the year.
The Cougars mustered up just four hits in the afternoon contest as sophomore Kyle Survance (1x4), senior Frankie Ratcliff (1x4), sophomore Justin Montemayor (1x4) and senior Caleb Barker (1x3) all tallied hits.
Pepperdine jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth after three consecutive hits. The lead held as the Waves were able to tact on an insurance run in the fifth, which proved to be enough for Brown on the mound.
Houston starter Jared West (3.1,4,2,2,2,4) worked out of some early-inning jams, but would allow the two runs in the fourth before being relieved by senior Tyler Ford. West logged 3.1 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, two walks with four strikeouts - falling to 1-1 on the season.
Pitching out of the pen for the Cougars in today's outing was Ford (1.1,4,1,1,0,0), who allowed one run on four hits in 1.1 innings, while junior Jared Robinson (2.1,2,0,0,1,2) was sharp, going 2.1-scoreless innings with just two hits and one walk allowed with one strikeout. Senior Aaron Stewart (0.2,0,0,0,1,0) worked two outs and sophomore Bubba Maxwell (0.1,0,0,0,0,0) pitched to the final Pepperdine hitter.
Houston made it interesting in the ninth off of Pepperdine reliever Eric Karch (1.0,2,0,0,1,0) when Survance and Ratcliff combined for back-to-back, two-out singles, followed by a walk by senior Casey Grayson to load the bases, down by three. Montemayor would sting a ball into right center, which was caught for the final out of the game, stranding three.