Pruitt's Complete Game Lifts Houston in 3-2 Victory over Baylor
March 16, 2013
HOUSTON -- Senior Austin Pruitt tossed his third career complete game and second this season to lift Houston Baseball to a 3-2 victory and a regular-season sweep over Baylor on Saturday evening at Cougar Field.
FINAL | Cougar Field
Win: Austin Pruitt (4-1)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
2 With tonight's win against the Bears, senior Austin Pruitt recorded his second complete-game victory of the season. The first of his season came against Texas State on Feb. 23. 7 The 0 walks allowed by Austin Pruitt marks the seventh time this season that the Cougars have allowed one or fewer walks in a game. 8Eight of the 12 Cougar hits came with two outs in the inning.
12With his 2x4 game tonight makes 12 straight games that freshman second baseman Josh Vidales has reached base safely.
13 Junior catcher Caleb Barker reached base safely for the 13th consecutive game when he was hit by a pitch by Ryan Smith in the eighth inning.
With the win, Houston improved to 15-4 and 9-2 at home, while Baylor fell to 9-11 and 0-3 against the Cougars this season.
Houston was able to score first and hang on for the victory, while riding the impressive arm of Pruitt (9.0,6,2,1,0,6) as he tossed a 9.0-inning, six-strikeout gem, while allowing just one earned run on six scattered hits with no walks to improve to 4-1 this season.
Pruitt was in control the entire evening, holding the Bears hitless for the first three innings before surrendering a two-out single in the fourth.
Houston continued its hot-hitting, pounding out 10 or more hits for the sixth time in the last eight games with 12 base knocks tonight - including eight coming with two outs.
Five Cougars notched a multi-hit game, led by freshman Justin Montemayor's (3x5, R) three hits, while fellow freshmen Josh Vidales (2x4, RBI), Kyle Kirk (2x4, R), Jacob Campbell (2x3, R) and sophomore Michael Pyeatt (2x2) each had two hits.
Junior Frankie Ratcliff (1x3, 2 RBI, BB) drove in two of Houston's three runs on a bases loaded walk and a two-out single to right field.
Houston struck for a run in the first following on two hits and a bases loaded walk by Ratcliff. That score stood for the next two innings until the Cougars went up 2-0 in the third following a two-strike, two-out single off Ratcliff's bat, scoring Montemayor, who reached on a two-out single to get things rolling for the Cougars. The inning was kept alive for Ratcliff after Pyeatt singled for yet another two-out single by Houston.
Baylor answered in the top of the sixth with two runs with three hits, while taking advantage of a Houston error in the outfield. With the score at a 2-2 stalemate, Houston would quickly respond with its third and final run in the latter half of the frame on a Vidales single, scoring Campbell from second base.
With one out, Campbell singled on the first pitch he saw to right field then stole second. Vidales ripped a hard grounder to the shortstop that worked its way into shallow centerfield, scoring Campbell to take the lead at 3-2.
Pruitt's lights-out effort lasted long enough for Houston to hold on for the victory as the senior tossed 130 pitches for his third career complete game and second this season - last coming in a one-hit shutout win over Texas State.