Baseball Walks Away with 7-2 Win Over Baylor
March 11, 2014
HOUSTON - Led by a strong relief effort by freshman right-hander Andrew Lantrip and a 12-hit, nine-walk night at the plate, No. 30 Houston Baseball went on to earn a 7-2 win over Baylor at Cougar Field Tuesday evening.
The win improved Houston's overall record to 12-3 as the Cougars won their eighth straight home game to improve to 8-0 at home - the best start at home since an 11-0 record back in 1993.
12 hits and seven RBI lifted Houston over the Bears, who fell to 8-8 on the year with the loss, despite earning two wins over No. 4 Cal State Fullerton this past weekend.
Freshman Andrew Lantrip (3.0,0,0,0,1,2) was stellar in just his second collegiate outing as he earned his first win as a Houston Cougar, tossing 3.0-hitless innings in relief, allowing just one base runner on one walk with two strikeouts to improve to 1-0.
Houston starter David Longville (4.2,6,2,1,0,5) fanned five in his 4.2 innings of work, but left with a lead, but didn't register five complete. The right-hander allowed six hits, two runs - only one which was earned with no walks.
The Cougars pounded out at 12 hits, led by three players with a multi-hit game. Sophomore Kyle Survance (2x5, 3B, 2 RBI) drove in two on his two-out single, while tallying his second triple of the year. Senior Caleb Barker (2x4, R, 2 RBI, BB) drove in two on two hits, and scored a run. With his single in the second, Barker has now reached base safely in all 15 games this season.
Adding to the hit effort with two base knocks was senior Frankie Ratcliff (2x4, R, BB, SB), who scored a run and stole a base. Senior Casey Grayson (1x5, R, RBI) belted his second homerun of the year on a shot to centerfield to put Houston on the board, while sophomore Justin Montemayor (1x5), sophomore Josh Vidales (1x2, 3 R, 3 BB) walked three times and scored three runs, while recording a hit.
The Cougars out hit Baylor, 12-7 and drew nine walks in the win. The nine walks tied a season-high, last coming vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Wednesday.
Baylor grabbed a 2-0 lead after the top of the first on three hits, but Grayson would go deep for the second time this season on a 0-0 pitch he took to dead centerfield to put Houston on the board.
Down 2-1, the Cougars used three hits in the bottom of the second, including back-to-back base knocks by VIdales and Barker to open the inning. Senior Jacob Lueneburg then followed with a walk to load the bases and set the table for Fulmer, who drove in Vidales on a single up the middle to tie the game.
In the third, Houston took advantage of three walks, a single and an RBI-fielder's choice by Barker to take a 3-2 lead over Baylor. The Cougars continued to threaten in the fifth when Vidales and Stading each reached on walks, allowing pinch hitter Campbell to come in a drive a 2-1 pitch into centerfield for an RBI-single to give Houston the 4-2 lead.
Lantrip returned for a quick 1-2-3 inning in the sixth thanks to two SportsCenter-type plays in centerfield to keep Baylor off the base paths.
Survance gave Houston a four-run lead in the seventh when he took his pitch into shallow left center, scoring two with two outs after Barker, Appling and Fulmer loaded the bases following a walk, single, and walk, respectively.
Senior Aaron Stewart (0.1,0,0,0,0,1) came in and closed the door, helping Lantrip keep the Bears off the board in the eighth with his strikeout before Houston added to its hit parade when Barker connected on a two-out single through the left side, plating Vidales, who had walked for the third time tonight to put Houston up 7-2 late.
Senior Chase Wellbrock (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) was once-again able to come in a slam the door on the Baylor offense, allowing just one hit in his relief outing to hold the five-run lead for the Cougars.
Baylor starter Drew Tolson (2.1,5,3,3,2,1) took the loss, falling to 0-3 on the year, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks in 2.1 innings of work.
"The offense had key hits, and came through in the clutch. Had a chance to blow it open early, but it didn't happen for us. They didn't get discouraged, they just kept plugging away, and kept chipping until we put up good innings."
Freshman RHP Andrew Lantrip
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