March 19, 2014
No. 21 HOUSTON
HOUSTON - Houston Baseball used a strong pitching effort by freshman Kirby Peek and junior Jared Robinson to combine for two-hit shutout, helping the Cougars to a 1-0, extra-inning walk-off win over Texas Southern on Wednesday at Cougar Field.
The win improved Houston's record to 16-4 and 12-1 at home, while the Tigers fell to 5-14 on the year.
It took 10 innings for either team to plate a run, but it was Houston who took advantage of a single and two free passes in the bottom of the 10th to score the game's lone run.
Senior Landon Appling led off the 10th with a single in his first plate appearance of the night. He then moved to second on a TSU balk, which was followed by a one-out hit-by-pitch by sophomore Kyle Survance and a bases-loading walk by senior Frankie Ratcliff. Senior Casey Grayson then drove a ball down the left field line that found open space for the walk-off single, scoring Appling.
The highlight of today's win came from the pitching staff in Peek and Robinson as the duo tossed 10.0 shutout innings - for the seventh shutout of the season for the Cougars.
Peek (5.0,1,0,0,1,5) made his first collegiate start and was impressive, going 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk with a career-best five strikeouts. He was relieved and credited with the no-decision.
Robinson (5.0,1,0,0,0,2) earned his second win of the year out of the pen, tossing a solid 5.0-shutout innings, surrendering just one hit to accompany his two strikeouts. The righty improved to 2-0 on the year.
Houston tallied six hits, led by senior Caleb Barker's two extra-base knocks, a triple - his first of his career and a double. With his hits, Barker has now reached base safely in all 20 games this season.
Survance (1x2), Grayson (1x4), Appling (1x2, R), and sophomore Ashford Fulmer (1x4) all added hits in the effort.
Texas Southern reliever Jacob Martinez (0.1,1,1,1,0,0) suffered the loss, allowing the lone run.
On your performance today
"I felt good today. (Caleb Barker) Barkman was great back there tonight, I can throw anything and I know he'll stop it. (Kirby) Peek really got us going early. He did exactly what I did which was go out there, and compete. It was good day especially with our defense. They were solid all game long."
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Houston will continue its month-long homestand when it welcomes College of Charleston to Cougar Field for a three-game set this weekend. First pitch on Friday will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. Saturday contest and an 11:30 a.m. series finale on Sunday.
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