March 30, 2014
No. 15 HOUSTON
HOUSTON - An all-around effort of errorless baseball, timely hitting and key pitching down the stretch helped No. 15 Houston Baseball to a 6-2 win over Memphis on Sunday at Cougar Field, clinching the weekend American Athletic Conference series to improve to 22-5 on the year.
The 22-5 record is accompanied by an impressive 18-2 mark at home and a 2-1 league record, while Memphis fell to 16-11 and 2-4 in conference action.
Houston took the early lead and then allowed Memphis to tie the game in the sixth. The Cougars then quickly responded with four runs over the next two frames to regain the lead and go on to win the series.
Led once again by a strong relief outing, the Cougars used a combination of senior Chase Wellbrock and junior Jared Robinson to hold Memphis to just two hits and no runs in the final 3.2 innings of today's game.
Wellbrock (2.2,1,0,0,0,3) struck out three and allowed one hit in his 2.2 innings to earn his first win of the season - to improve to 1-0 on the year.
Sophomore starter Jared West (5.1,5,2,2,3,2) left with the no-decision after allowing two runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in his 5.1 innings.
Robinson (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) induced a double play ball in the sixth and worked one out in the seventh before handing the ball over to Wellbrock, who retired seven of the his eight batters he faced.
The Cougars tallied eight hits as sophomore Kyle Survance (2x3, 2 R, 4 SB), senior Casey Grayson (2x3, 2 RBI, BB) and freshman Jordan Stading (2x3, 2 R) each had two apiece. Survance stole a career-high four bases and Grayson drove in two of Houston's six runs. Senior Caleb Barker (0x3, RBI) drove in the other lone RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Houston plated two early runs in the first on three hits as Survance opened the Cougar half inning with an infield single. A catcher's interference call put Ratcliff on first and both Survance and Ratcliff then swiped the next bag. With two runners in scoring position, Grayson hit a hard infield single, plating Houston's first run. Barker then followed with a deep shot to left center for a sacrifice fly - putting the Cougars ahead by two.
West and the Houston defense held Memphis without a run until the Tigers strung together back-to-back hits including a two-run home to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth.
Houston found a way to take its second lead of the day when Stading led off the seventh being hit-by-the-pitch, moved to second on a passed ball and later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Fulmer and throwing error by Memphis to take a 3-2 lead.
Wellbrock continued to be lights out from the pen, allowing Houston to plated three more insurance runs in the eighth for a comfortable 6-2 lead. The inning started with back-to-back one out singles by Vidales and Stading and later scored on a passed ball. Survance kept the inning alive with a single and Ratcliff with a walk, allowing Grayson to drive in the next run on an RBI-single into right field.
Memphis starter Colin Lee (6.0,4,3,1,1,1) suffered the loss - falling to 1-3 on the season after allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk in 6.0 innings.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
"I felt like throughout the series we played hard. The main indicator I look for whether we win or lose is whether or not we get after it. I felt like for the most part we played extremely hard this weekend. We got kicked a couple times, and knocked down but we got back up dusted ourselves off and got after it."
"Today we jumped out to a two-run lead then gave up a homer which tied it up, but we never quit playing. When we get our offense going, and get the wheels in motion we can be pretty tough at times. We have to continue to set the table, and do anything we can to get runners on base home."
On going on the road for four days
"It'll be good for us to go on the road, and get together as a team for a little bit. You eliminate a lot of distractions when you go on the road. We're going to two really good places, Texas A&M has a great program, and Rutgers has played really good so far. These are key games. I tell the team the biggest game we play is the next one. The one on Tuesday against A&M will be a big one. We have to be ready, because every team is going to come after us just like Memphis did this weekend."
On the series win
This weekend started off rocky on Friday, but Saturday we came out and turned it on. Today, we wanted to put those guys away early. Jared West threw a heck of a game, (Jared Robinson) J-Rob did his job. Our offense, and defense did an outstanding job today to secure the win."
On his performance today
"I was just trying to get on base as much as I could. I was fortunate enough to get a few stolen bases in the process. My goal was to get into scoring position and have the guys bring me home. That combination helped us out today."
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