March 28, 2014
No. 21 HOUSTON
HOUSTON – Houston Baseball saw its ninth inning rally fall just short in a 2-1 American Athletic Conference loss to Memphis Friday evening at Cougar Field. The Cougars continue play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Game 2 of the three-game series.
The Cougars fell to 20-5 on the year and 0-1 in league play, while Memphis improved to 16-9 and 2-2 with the win. Houston fell to just 16-2 at home this season and now three of the Cougars’ five total losses have come by one run.
Houston plated its only run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI-fielder’s choice off the bat of sophomore Josh Vidales, but that run wasn’t enough as Memphis held on to its lead and escaped with the series-opening win.
The Cougars received solid pitching from a combined effort from junior starter Aaron Garza (8.0,5,2,1,0,0) and junior reliever Jared Robinson (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) who combined to allow one earned run, while holding Memphis to just five hits without issuing a walk.
Garza suffered his first loss of the year, falling to 6-1 – after a gutsy performance, allowing just one earned run on five hits and no walks. Robinson pitched a hitless ninth with one strikeout.
Houston’s offense stranded seven base runners and tallied just seven hits, led by junior Michael Pyeatt and sophomore Justin Montemayor’s two-hit effort. Sophomore Kyle Survance (1x4) and senior Casey Grayson (1x4) added a hit each, while senior Caleb Barker walked and scored the Cougars lone run.
Memphis opened with a run in the first following a fielding error by Houston. The run came following an error, hit-by-pitch, sacrifice bunt and RBI-groundout.
Tiger starter Caleb Wallingford held the Houston hitters at bay and scoreless through five complete, allowing his team to take a 2-0 lead following a three-hit sixth inning.
Despite being down 2-0, Garza held Memphis without a hit until the fifth inning.
The Cougars had a few chances to capitalize on several free passes, but hits didn’t fall with runners in scoring position. The ninth-inning was Houston’s last chance, but Memphis made two pitching changes in the inning, keeping the Cougars off-balanced.
Memphis starter Caleb Wallingford (7.0,4,0,0,2,6) struck out six Cougars and allowed just four hits and two walks in his 7.0 innings of work for the win to improve to 4-1.
Tigers closer Bryce Beeler (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) struck out one and recorded all three outs in the ninth for his sixth save of the year.
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Houston will continue American Athletic Conference play with Memphis on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Cougar Field. Slated to go for the Cougars on the mound will be sophomore RHP Jake Lemoine vs. Memphis RHP Jon Reed.
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COUGAR SPRING FLING vs. LOUISVILLE TICKETS
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Tickets can be purchased in advance through UHCougars.com or by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-462-6647. Tickets on the day of the event can be purchased at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office, located in the Athletics/Alumni Center at 3100 Cullen Blvd., or at the event’s entrances beginning at 5 p.m.
All Houston Baseball season ticket holders and single game reserved seat ticket holders ($12-15) will be admitted into Cougar Spring Fling with their previously purchased tickets. All seating at the Houston Football Spring Game will be general admission.
Cash parking for the Spring Fling will be available in the Houston Football Stadium parking garage and in lot 16C located across from Cougar Field on Cullen Blvd.
FAMILY PLAN TICKET PACKAGE
Families can purchase the Family Plan for just $399, which includes two adult and two youth General Admission tickets to each of the 33 home games.
General Admission seats include 33 "Anytime Tickets". You may use one ticket to each home game, 33 tickets to one game, or any combination in between.
General Admission season tickets start for as low as $150 (33 home games/$4.50 per ticket), while Reserved season tickets start at only $200 (33 home games/$6.00 per ticket).
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