Cougars' Ninth-Inning Rally Falls Short in 6-3 Loss at Lamar
March 26, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas — University of Houston Baseball overcame a six-run deficit to plate three runs in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as its win streak was snapped following a 6-3 loss at Lamar on Tuesday in Beaumont at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
FINAL | Beaumont, Texas
Win: Tom Elsom (1-0)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
1 Houston dropped just its first midweek game of 2013 and is now 7-1 during midweek play. 20With his single in the first inning, freshman second baseman Josh Vidales has now reached base safely in 20 consecutive games.
The Cougars lost just their fifth game of the season, falling to 21-5 after their first midweek loss of 2013, while Lamar improved to 21-6 and 19-4 at home.
Houston was silenced at the plate for the first eight innings before it broke loose for three runs in the top of the ninth despite being down 6-0 with an inning to play.
The Cougars tallied four hits, led by freshman Justin Montemayor’s two base hits and RBI. Junior Frankie Ratcliff (1x4, R, RBI, 2B) also drove in a run with his double in the ninth, while freshman Jacob Campbell (0x1, RBI) recorded an RBI with his sacrifice fly.
Also picking up a hit for Houston was freshman Josh Vidales (1x3, BB).
Houston got its leadoff hitter on to open the game when Vidales reached for the 20th consecutive game on a single through the right side, but was quickly erased on a successful 1-3 pickoff attempt for Lamar’s first out.
The Cougars weren’t able to get anything going offensively as the Cardinals took that defensive momentum into the bottom half of the frame to plate one on a solo homerun on a ball that blew from left to right back into fair territory to hit off the left field foul pole for a 1-0 lead.
Both teams held each other scoreless until Lamar broke through with another run in the fifth after a leadoff walk and RBI-single.
Down 2-0, Houston’s defense fell short of expectation when it committed three errors in the sixth, allowing Cardinals to plate four to take a 6-0 lead. The four runs came on just two hits and two walks.
Houston leadoff pinch hitter Kyle Survance reached on a walk to open the ninth, moved to second on a Vidales walk and third on a groundout – later scoring on a Ratcliff double down the left field line to put Houston on board. Campbell followed up with his sacrifice fly and Montemayor kept the inning alive with his RBI-single up the middle, but the two-hit, two-walk, three-run inning would soon come to and end for the Cougars.
Houston starter Aaron Garza (5.1,4,6,3,4,2) suffered his first loss of the season, falling to 3-1 after allowing just three earned runs on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
The Cougar bullpen of senior Ryan Bonnot (0.1,0,0,0,0,0), junior Daniel Smith (0.1,1,0,0,1,0), senior Matt Hernandez (1.0,2,0,0,0,2) and sophomore Logan Piper (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) combined for 2.2 innings of scoreless ball, allowing just four hits with three strikeouts.
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The Cougars will continue its road tour this week, traveling to Memphis for a three-game series, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, continuing at 2 p.m. Saturday and concluding at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.