HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball's Andrew Lantrip and Seth Romero each fired back-to-back complete games in Saturday's doubleheader, leading the No. 19 Cougars to a sweep (5-0, 3-1) over Grand Canyon and to its fourth series win of 2016.
With the Saturday sweep over the Lopes, the Cougars improved to 12-6 on the year and 9-2 at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park. Houston has now won four series in 2016 (Villanova, Baylor, Alabama, Grand Canyon) and has also won five straight games at home.
The doubleheader sweep consisted of two complete games pitched by starters Lantrip and Romero as the Dynamic Duo combined for 20 strikeouts, two walks, three hits, one unearned run in 18.0 innings on Saturday.
Lantrip earned his fourth complete game of his career, but first complete game shutout in a 5-0 Game 1 victory. Romero tossed his first career 9.0-inning complete game with a career-high 13 strikeouts in a Game 2, 3-1, win.
Romero's one-hitter was the first one-hitter in 9.0 innings thrown by a Cougar since Austin Pruitt on Feb. 23, 2013 at Texas State and eighth one-hitter in 9.0 innings thrown in Houston's history.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On today's doubleheader sweep
"It was a good day for us. It is hard to win a doubleheader from what I believe is a good program. I'm excited about the way that we played, we pitched lights out; we gave up three hits today.
"[Andrew] Lantrip and [Seth] Romero were outstanding, the offense was timely, and we played good defense. Against a really good team like Grand Canyon, you have to do that. We are going to put this one behind us now and come out tomorrow and try to get a win."
Houston and Grand Canyon will wrap up its three-game series with the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Cougars will remain in Houston for the next five games, beginning with a midweek matchup vs. Rice at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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GAME 1: Houston 5, Grand Canyon 0
Houston Baseball notched its second shutout of the year in a 5-0 win in Game 1 vs. Grand Canyon on Saturday. The Cougars were sparked by a complete game shutout by Lantrip as he finished the afternoon, striking out seven and allowing just two base runners on two hits in 9.0 shutout innings of work.
ON THE BUMP BREAKDOWN
Andrew Lantrip: 9.0 IP / 2 H / 0 R / 0 BB / 7 K
The complete game shutout for Lantrip (9.0,2,0,0,0,7) was the first of his career, while the complete game was the fourth. With the win, the Livingston, Texas native improved to 3-2 on the year and improved his nation-leading strikeout-to-walk ratio to 39:1. He has thrown 26.2 consecutive innings without walking a hitter.
Senior Michael Pyeatt (1x4, 2 RBI) drove in a pair of runs, while Hollis (1x2, 2 R, RBI, 3B) tallied his first career triple, scored two runs and drove in an RBI. Sophomore Connor Wong drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, while sophomores Corey Julks and Zac Taylor scored runs following singles.
It took until the fifth inning for either team to break up a 0-0 stalemate, but it was the Cougars who struck first with a single run in the inning.
With one out, Hollis tripled -- his first of his career -- to right center and later scored on a passed ball by the GCU catcher.
After a pitching change to begin the seventh, Houston used four runs to go ahead 5-0 and never look back. The Cougars were sparked by a leadoff single by Julks, which was followed by back-to-back singles from Casey and Taylor to load the bases with no outs. Hollis plated Julks on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch.
After an out at the plate on a fielder's choice, Wong sacrificed in Taylor on a flyout to right field before Pyeatt plated both Hollis and Reyes on a single into left center.
Ahead 5-0, Lantrip continued to cruise, retiring 18 straight to end the game -- having allowed just a hit in second and third frames -- for the only two base runners of the game for Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon starter Jorge Perez (6.0,4,1,0,0,9) struck out nine Cougars, but suffered the loss after allowing one unearned run on four hits in 6.0 innings of work. He fell to 0-4 on the year.
Junior Game 1 starter Andrew Lantrip
On his complete game shutout
"My fastball was working well, my slider had a tight break, the change up was hit-or-miss, but for the most part it was on today. I was able to work around the zone and get them to miss."
On the quick pace of the game
"I have played a few one hour and 50 minute games or less, I mean I did play a lot of t-ball games and pitching machine games. Those were fun times, it felt good to get out there, but it definitely went by quick."
On the defensive effort
"You always have to credit your defense whenever they are making plays. Only two hits allowed today, but they made a lot of great plays behind me to keep it at two hits."
On pitching first career complete game shutout
"It felt good. Keeping runs off the board is always nice, but to do it for nine consecutive innings is even better."
GAME 2: Houston 3, Grand Canyon 1
Houston Baseball wrapped up a Saturday sweep with a 3-1 Game 2 victory over the Lopes, led by Romero on the mound. The sophomore tossed a complete game with a career-high 13 strikeouts, while allowing just one hit, two walks and one unearned run to move to 3-0 on the year.
ON THE BUMP BREAKDOWN
Seth Romero -- 9.0 IP / 1 H / 1 R / 0 ER / 2 BB / 13 K (career-high)
Houston out hit the Lopes, 9-1 in Game as eight Cougars tallied at least one base knock. Julks led the way with a two-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Casey (1x4), Pyeatt (1x2) and Davis (1x3) each had an RBI in the win.
Adding hits and scoring a run was Wong (1x3, R).
With Pyeatt's single in Game 2, the senior has now reached base in 10 straight games and is riding a 10-game hit streak into Sunday's series finale.
The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third after Reyes and Wong both reached on a walk and double, respectively to open the frame. Pyeatt and Davis followed with consecutive RBI-producing at-bats on a single and sacrifice fly.
Grand Canyon scored its first run of the day in the fourth inning after a leadoff walk, single, sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly. Romero was able to limit the damage by stranding a pair and working around a bases-loaded jam during the frame.
Back-to-back doubles with one out in the sixth gave Houston another run to make it 3-1 as Julks doubled and scored on Casey's double to left field.
Romero continued to roll, fanning two in the top of the seventh for his 10th and 11th strikeouts of the game. The West Columbia, Texas native has now fanned 10+ hitters in each of his last two starts -- at Alabama; vs. GCU.
The 3-1 lead is all Romero needed as the southpaw went on to fan 13 and retire his last 16 hitters he faced.
Grand Canyon starter Ethan Evanko (5.1,7,3,3,2,2) suffered the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year after allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
Sophomore Game 2 starter Seth Romero
On his pitching performance
"I felt really good tonight. I came out and it was kind of windy but I had a good grip for the ball. My mechanics were a little off at first, but by the second inning I settled back in and got good with my slider and fastball; they both seemed to work pretty well."
On setting a career-high in strikeouts and defensive effort
"It was awesome. I'm proud of it, but I'll try to break it again, of course. The defense is always good. When the ball is hit to them I always know that it is for sure an out, if not then I'll know that they will get the next one."
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