Cougars Come Alive in 12-2 Win Over SHSU
March 13, 2012
Houston, Texas / Cougar Field
W: Austin Pruitt (1-2)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
9 Houston plated nine runs on six hits in the fifth inning for the most runs scored in a single inning this season.
5 Houston's Chase Jensen drove in five runs for a career-high, surpassing his previous high in RBI which was three happening five times.
0 The Cougar pitching staff did not allow one single walk in 9.0 complete innings pitched.
HOUSTON--Junior Chase Jensen finished with a career-night at the plate, driving in five runs and junior righty Austin Pruitt earned his first win as a Cougar, leading the University of Houston baseball team to a convincing 12-2 win over non-conference foe, Sam Houston State, Tuesday evening at Cougar Field.
The win snapped a five-game skid for the Cougars, dating back to the Houston College Classic finale against Texas Tech. Houston now sits at 7-9 overall and 5-4 at home, while Sam Houston State fell to 9-7 on the year and 1-4 on the road.
"Any win is a good one. What we needed was exactly what happened tonight. We needed to come out, pitch the lights out, play errorless baseball, and have a great offensive game; that's what we did," said head coach Todd Whitting.
Houston used a three-run third and a season-high nine-run fifth to cap the win. The nine-run fifth was the most runs scored by Houston in a single inning this season, surpassing the previous high of seven that came twice against Delaware in the season-opening series.
With a lead, the Cougar defense, behind Pruitt and freshman Aaron Garza stayed sharp, retiring the Bearkats in order through the fourth, fifth, and sixth frames.
Houston also showed well as a team at the plate, tallying 13 hits and four extra base hits, led by Jensen's three-run homerun in the third for his first this season
The Cougars managed to place leadoff hitters on base during the first five frames, giving them a chance to score early. Houston recorded a hit in every inning, but two (6th, 8th).
Jensen was dominant in the three-hole, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBI. The four hits and three runs scored tie a career-high, while the five RBI surpasses his previous high of three, which last came against Memphis on May 21, 2011.
"Tonight was huge for us. We really needed it. Last week was brutal and I never want to have to do that again," said Jensen.
Sophomore Landon Appling also (1x2, R, 2 RBI, BB) drove in two on a double down the right field line.
Pruitt (5.0,4,0,0,0,4) showed well once again as Houston's midweek starter, tossing five shutout innings, allowing just five scattered hits and no walks, while fanning four for his first win as a Cougar. The Woodlands, Texas native improved to 1-2 on the year.
"Overall my arm felt good. I needed to go out there and throw strikes," said Pruitt. "I felt good to beat someone. We just came back form Ole Miss and got stomped pretty good so it was fun to win this one."
Garza (3.0,3,0,0,0,2) made his first relief appearance of his career and didn't disappoint as the right-hander allowed just three hits and no runs with two strikeouts behind Pruitt.
Sam Houston starter Michael Burchett (3.0,5,3,3,1,0) suffered the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year.