HOUSTON – No. 19 Houston Baseball used timely hitting and another solid pitching performance to sweep the weekend series over Grand Canyon with a 5-1 Sunday win at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With Sunday’s win, the Cougars moved to 13-6 on the year and wrapped up a 5-0 week. The series sweep was the second of the year for Houston as it opened 2016 with a home sweep over Villanova. The Cougars have now won all five weekend series they have played in this season.
Houston will continue its home stand when it welcomes cross-town rival Rice to Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park on Tuesday, March 22. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. Following the Cougars’ midweek matchup, they will remain home to host George Washington next Thursday (March 24) thru Saturday (March 26) due to Easter Sunday.
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Houston starter John King (6.0,6,1,1,2,5) fanned five and allowed just one run on six hits and two walks in 6.0 innings to improve to 3-1 on the year. Junior reliever Bubba Maxwell (3.0,0,0,0,1,3) didn’t allow a hit or run in 3.0 shutout frames with three strikeouts to pick up his second save of 2016.
Offensively, Houston tallied 10 hits, led by freshman Joe Davis’ 2-for-4 effort with two runs and two RBI, which came off his team-leading fifth home run of the year – putting Houston ahead 2-1 in the fourth and for good.
Sophomore Connor Hollis had a three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a run scored, while senior Michael Pyeatt went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Senior Justin Montemayor (1x4) drove in a run and sophomore Zac Taylor (1x3) scored a run.
With Pyeatt’s performance, the Lake Jackson, Texas native is riding an active 11-game hit streak.
Grand Canyon took its first lead of the series when it went up 1-0 in the second inning after a three-hit frame.
Houston was held to just one hit until it struck for three base knocks in the fourth inning, which resulted in two runs as the Cougars took the lead 2-1.
Pyeatt opened the frame with a one-out single and Davis followed with his team-leading fifth home run of the year – a two-run shot to right field – putting Houston ahead by a run.
Holding a 2-1 lead, Houston used back-to-back singles to open the bottom half of the sixth by Pyeatt and Davis to extend its lead when Montemayor plated Pyeatt on an RBI-groundout after Julks’ flyout moved Pyeatt from second to third.
Grand Canyon’s leadoff hitter reached on a single into left field to open the seventh, which forced a pitching change by the Cougars. King handed the ball to teammate Bubba Maxwell, who struck the first hitter out and induced a flyout and a groundout to end the frame.
Taylor and Hollis tallied consecutive singles to open the seventh, which sparked a two-run inning as both came around to score following an RBI-fielder’s choice by Pyeatt and a GCU fielding error. With that two-run frame, the Cougars extended their lead by four at 5-1.
Grand Canyon starter Jake Rapavich (5.2,7,3,3,1,2) entered the game with a 1.00 ERA and a 2-0 record, but the Cougars were able to plate three runs on seven hits and one walk against him in his 5.2 innings as he suffered his first loss of the year.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On the series sweep and 5-0 week
“We had not just a great day or weekend, but a really good week going 5-0 against some good competition. Grand Canyon had a really good team. They’re a really athletic bunch who is going to win a lot of games down the road.
“These wins will be big for us as we’re building our resume for the NCAA Tournament. Overall, we had great effort. We pitched well all weekend and played good defense. With a team like Grand Canyon, you can’t give them anything extra because they can do so much damage on the base and make things happen. Overall, really good effort and I’m proud of the guys.”
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Houston Baseball has 21 remaining home games at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park this 2016 season and fans can purchase season tickets for as low as $99 online by visiting UHCougars.com/tickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Stadium Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m.
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