March 15, 2013
HOUSTON -- University of Houston Baseball used a season-high 18-hit performance and a six-run first inning to secure a 13-3 win over New Orleans on Friday evening at Cougar Field to improve to 14-4 this season and 8-2 at home.
Win: Daniel Poncedeleon (2-2)
Loss: Blake Prest (0-4)
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NUMBERS OF NOTE
1 Cougar pitching allowed just one walk in the ballgame. This is the sixth time this season Houston pitchers have allowed one or fewer walks in a game. 4Freshman first baseman Justin Montemayor had a career-high four hits in the ballgame.
11The 1-4 hitters for the Cougars had a combined 11 hits in the game. With his 2x4 game with two walks, tonight makes 11 straight games that freshman second baseman Josh Vidales has reached base safely.
12 Junior catcher Caleb Barker reached base safely for the 12th consecutive game with his three-run homerun in the first inning.
18 The 18 hits collected by the Cougars is a team-high for the season. The previous high was 16 in the March 8 game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Houston's win was highlighted by six multi-hit efforts, including 11 hits from the top four hitters in the Cougars' lineup. The 18 hits surpassed Houston's previous high of 16, which came in a win over Texas A&M-CC on March 8.
Leading the way for the Cougars was freshman Justin Montemayor, who tallied a career-high four hits, scored two runs and drove in two. Fellow freshman Kyle Kirk (3x5, 3 R) and junior Landon Appling (3x4, 2 R, 2 RBI) each contributed with three hits and scored a combined five runs and drove in two.
Junior Caleb Barker (2x5, 2 R, 4 RBI) tied his career-high with four RBI on two hits - including his third homerun of the season, a three-run shot to left center in the first inning. Barker has now reached base safely in 12 straight games for the Cougars.
Also notching a multi-hit game was freshman Josh Vidales (2x4, 2 R), who extended his streak of reaching base to 11 straight games, while freshman Ashford Fulmer (2x3, RBI) drove in an RBI on two hits.
Sophomore Michael Pyeatt (1x3, R, RBI) and freshman Jacob Campbell (1x5, R, RBI, 3B) each plated a run on a base knock.
Junior starter Daniel Poncedeleon (6.0,8,3,3,1,7) tied his career-high in strikeouts with seven in his 6.0 innings of work for the win as the La Mirada, Calif. native improved to 2-2 this year. The righty allowed three runs on eight hits and just one walk.
Relieving Poncedeleon was junior Tyler Ford (2.0,0,0,0,0,3), who tossed 2.0 perfect innings with three strikeouts, while sophomore Ryan Vruggink (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) fanned one in his scoreless inning to close out the Cougars' win.
New Orleans used two hits in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead on Houston, but after back-to-back walks by Vidales and Kirk, Barker drove a 2-0 pitch off the NCAA post-season board in left center to give the Cougars a 3-1 lead with his third homerun of the year.
Montemayor followed with a single and Pyeatt, a fielder's choice, to set up a scoring threat for Houston as the Cougars went on to tally three, two-out hits by Appling, Campbell and Fulmer - which included an RBI-triple by Campbell, his second this year, and an RBI-single by Fulmer.
Up 6-1, UNO plated a run in the top of the second on two hits to open the frame to make it a 6-2 game. Houston went on to plate a run of its own in each of the fourth and fifth frames after collecting three hits over the two innings.
Poncedeleon and defense held UNO scoreless for three innings before surrendering one run to the Privateers in the top of the sixth. After allowing three straight hits to open the inning, which included an RBI-single with no outs, Poncedeleon was able to retire the final three hitters on an infield popup, a strikeout and a groundout.
The Cougars bounded back with a two-out run as Appling tripled to plate Montemayor, who opened the frame with a single, moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Pyeatt to put Houston in control with a 9-3 lead.
Houston tacked on four more runs in the seventh inning following four hits, including a two-run double by Montemayor and an RBI-single by Barker.
The Cougar bullpen held New Orleans to just one hit in the final three innings, while walking none. The one walk by the Houston pitching staff was the sixth time that the Cougars have allowed one walk or less in a game this season.
HOUSTON HEAD COACH Todd Whitting
Thoughts on the game
"The team played well tonight. I was really proud of our guys for answering back with six runs in the first inning. We stayed in the game the entire time. Ponce (Daniel Poncedeleon) didn't have great stuff tonight, but he managed to battle his way through it. That to me, is impressive. When a pitcher can go out, and not have his stuff, but still compete to win. Tyler Ford and Ryan Vruggink did a really good job coming out of the bullpen. We played great defense tonight, and executed our offense to a tee `T'. Justin Montemayor had four hits tonight, and (Caleb) Barker had the big three-run jack in the first inning. Tonight went how you would want to draw it up on how you want to play."
On the having a season high 18 hits
"The offense played well tonight. That was a concern coming into this game. We have been having some poor at bats in the last couple of games. Tonight throughout the entire lineup everyone competed. When you have good at bats you're going to get a lot of hits."
FRESHMAN FIRST BASEMAN Justin Montemayor
On the team high 18 hits in a game
"Tonight we just stuck with our approach our coaches have been preaching to us. Our goal was to hit the ball hard, and we did a really good job of that tonight."
On seeing Baylor for the third time this season
"For us, it's just another for us. Our goal is to come out play our game, and get the win."
JUNIOR CATCHER Caleb Barker
On the home run in the first inning
"I was able to work myself into an advantage count 2-0, and I was looking for a pitch over the middle of the plate. Luckily I got what I was looking for, and put a good swing on it. The environment helped me out tonight."
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