March 17, 2013
HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball wraps up a perfect week, winning all four, with an 8-3 victory over New Orleans on Sunday afternoon at Cougar Field to improve to 16-4 and 10-2 at home.
Win: Tyler Ford (2-0)
Loss: Alex Smith (0-5)
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NUMBERS OF NOTE
8 The 12 hits by the Cougars against New Orleans marks the eighth time this season Houston has collected 12 or more hits in a game. 11Houston is off to its best start at home in 11 years. Houston is 10-2 at Cougar Field which is the same record they held in 2002.
13His 1x4 game today makes 13 straight games that freshman second baseman Josh Vidales has reached base safely.
14 Junior catcher Caleb Barker reached base safely for the 14th consecutive game when he doubled down the line in the third inning.
The Cougars' 16-4 record through the first 20 games is the best start since an 18-2 mark set back in 1993 and the 10-2 home record is the best since a 10-2 start in 2002 through the first 12 games at Cougar Field.
Houston recorded 12 hits in the win - notching the eighth time this season the Cougars have posted 12 or more hits in a game. Four Cougars posted a multi-hit game, led by junior Frankie Ratcliff (3x4, R, 2 RBI, 3B) with two RBI on his three hits, while scoring one run to lead Houston offensively.
Freshman Kyle Survance (1x4, R, 2 RBI) was able to break the game open on his infield single to plate two runs, while freshman Jacob Campbell (2x3, R, 2 RBI) also drove in two with his two base knocks.
Contributing with a two-hit game and an RBI was junior Caleb Barker (2x4, RBI) - who also extended his on-base streak to 14 straight games. Sophomore Michael Pyeatt (2x3, 3 R, BB) continued his hot-hitting, tallying two hits and scoring three runs for Houston.
Freshman Josh Vidales (1x4, BB) doubled in the fifth inning to extend his on-base streak to 13 straight games and drew his 18th walk of the year. Junior Landon Appling (R, 2 BB, HBP) walked twice and scored from second base on an infield single, while freshman Kyle Kirk (1x5) added a hit.
Houston took the lead with one run in the bottom of the second following two hits as Pyeatt got things rolling with a one-out triple. After an Appling walk, Campbell came through with a single to left center, plating Pyeatt with two outs.
New Orleans broke up Houston's early lead with two runs in the fourth inning after a leadoff double, an RBI-groundout and a two-out RBI-single.
Down 2-1, Houston continued to chip away at New Orleans' starter Alex Smith's pitch count and managed to load the bases with one out in the sixth inning. Campbell's sacrifice fly would tie the game, while Survance drove in the next to for a 5-2 lead on his infield single up the middle.
The Cougars added to their lead in the latter half of the seventh on three hits, led by a two-run triple by Ratcliff, plating Kirk and Pyeatt, who both singled to keep the inning alive. Houston capped its scoring threat in the eighth with one final run when Campbell singled, stole second, advanced to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a Barker single up the middle.
New Orleans' Zach Liberto belted a solo shot in the ninth for the Privateers' third run of the game.
Houston reliever Tyler Ford (2.2,1,0,0,0,5) struck out a career-high five hitters in just his 2.2 innings of work out of the pen to improve to 2-0 this season. He allowed just one hit, a single in the eighth inning.
He relieved Cougar freshman starter Jake Lemoine (5.1,5,2,2,3,4), who received the no-decision as Houston regained the lead after his 5.1 innings of work. The righty fanned four and allowed two runs on five hits with three walks.
Junior Dylan Rucker (1.0,2,1,1,0,0) tossed the final frame, allowing one run on two hits.
Houston managed to play error-free baseball.
HOUSTON HEAD COACH Todd Whitting
Thoughts on the game
"We did a really good job of grinding out at-bats. We didn't get off to a real hot start, but we just kept grinding away today. Our starting pitcher didn't have great stuff, but he did enough to keep us in the ballgame. I'm proud of the ball club for putting a four-spot in the middle of the game, and putting the game away."
HOUSTON SHORTSTOP Frankie Ratcliff
On your performance today
"Today was the same mentality of not trying to do too much at the plate. I was just trying to take good swings on good pitches. My goal was to hit the ball hard somewhere."
On playing Texas Tuesday
"Tuesday is just another game for us. The Texas Longhorns have a good history, but we're not worried. We are going to go out and play hard like we normally do, and see if we can come out with a win."
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