March 29, 2014
No. 15 HOUSTON
HOUSTON - No. 15 Houston Baseball used two three-run innings and a dominating pitching performance by senior Tyler Ford to come-from-behind and notched a solid 6-3 win over Memphis on Saturday evening to even the American Athletic Conference series at Cougar Field.
With the win, Houston improved to 21-5 on the year and 1-1 in league play. The Cougars have now won six of their last seven and are 17-2 at Cougar Field this season.
Sunday's series finale with Memphis, slated for 1 p.m., will end Houston's 13-game homestand during the month of March.
The Cougars, once again, received a dominating relief effort by Ford (3.1,0,0,0,0,4) who improved to 4-0 with his 3.1 hitless frames without allowing a single baserunner. The lefty fanned four in his outing and has now won two games this week after tossing 4.2 shutout innings vs. Rice on Tuesday.
Sophomore starter Jake Lemoine (5.2,7,3,2,0,4) was effective in his seventh start, lasting 5.2 innings. The righty allowed just two earned runs on seven hits without a walk to accompany his four strikeouts.
Sophomore Ashford Fulmer (1x3, R, 2 RBI, HR) drove in two on his second homerun of the year, putting Houston up 6-3 in the seventh. Sophomore Kyle Survance (2x4, R, RBI) drove in a run on two hits, while sophomore Josh Vidales (1x2, R, RBI, SF) plated a run on a hit and sacrifice fly. Junior Michael Pyeatt (1x3) and sophomore Justin Montemayor (1x3, R) each added a base hit.
Six different Cougars scored a run, with senior Frankie Ratcliff and freshman Jordan Stading adding one in the effort. Houston was able to work around a four-error night, keeping Memphis off the board after the third inning.
Memphis used six hits in the early going to take a 3-0 lead on Houston. The Tigers were helped by several Cougar defensive miscues to plate two runs in the first and one in the third before Houston was able to jump on board.
The Cougars tied the game in the third with three runs on two hits and a huge Memphis error. Survance singled for the second time, driving in Vidales - who singled to open the inning. With two outs and Survance and Ratcliff on second and third after a double steal, Grayson groundout to third base, but a throwing error by Memphis went on to plate both runners - evening the score at 3-3.
Lemoine settled in following the Memphis lead and held the Tigers without a hit - retiring the next nine hitters, before they poked a single into centerfield in the sixth. Ford then relieved Lemoine with two outs and runners at second and third - fanning the final out of the inning to preserve the 3-3 tie.
Houston broke open the game with a three-run seventh inning when Montemayor doubled to lead off the frame. A bunt single by Pyeatt put runners at first and third for Vidales - who plated the eventual game-winner on a sacrifice fly to deep right center. Up 4-3 and with two outs and a runner at first following a fielder's choice, Fulmer drove his 2-0 pitch over the left field wall to put Houston up by three.
Memphis starter Jon Reed (6.1,5,5,3,1,4) was tagged with the loss, falling to 3-1 after allowing three earned runs on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in his 6.1 innings.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
"Gutsy performance by (Jake) Lemoine tonight. He got squared up a little bit, but he competed like crazy. He did a good job of keeping us in the game. We played horrendous defense behind him early in the game, but we played good defense late. Tyler Ford was money out of the bullpen. He came in, and was pounding the zone with his fastball. We had timely hits tonight, I told the team we had to put those first three innings behind us, because we can't control that. We just had to be better than them for the next six innings."
On the win and his night at the plate
"Huge win for the team tonight. Coming back from a tough loss last night, when we didn't have the bats going, we were able to turn it around tonight. I'm seeing the ball well lately, and hitting better with two strikes. We just have to keep working each game."
On his performance tonight
"I felt good out there tonight. I was able to come in, and pound the zone with my fastball. The objective is to get guys out, and I felt like we did a good job of that tonight. Proud of the team for getting a big win."
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Houston and Memphis will wrap up the three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cougar Field. Following Sunday's series finale, the Cougars will hit the road for the next four games - beginning at Texas A&M on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m., followed by a three-game American Athletic Conference series at Rutgers.
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