Cougars Earn Series Win; Split Sunday Contests at Memphis
March 31, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Playing its first double-header of the year, Houston Baseball earned a series win over C-USA foe, Memphis following a Sunday split on the road. The Cougars won Game 1, 2-0, but dropped Game 2, 1-0 at FedExPark.
FINAL - Game 1 | Memphis, Tenn.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
3 Houston completed its third team shutout this season in the 2-0 win. 4 RHP Chase Wellbrock picked up his fourth save of the season with his 1.0-inning relief effort after an hour long rain delay. 6 RHP Austin Pruitt improved to 6-1 after a gutsy pitching effort - shutting out Memphis in 6.0 innings. 22With his single in the first inning, freshman second baseman Josh Vidales has now reached base safely in 22 consecutive games.
With the split, Houston improved its record to 23-6 and 5-1 in league play, while Memphis holds a record of 15-13 and 2-4.
· Houston earned its fifth straight weekend series victory after winning Friday's contest 3-1 and Sunday's Game 1, 2-0.
· The 2-0 shutout was the third shutout for the Cougars this season.
· Both games were predetermined 7-inning contests.
GAME 1: Houston 2, Memphis 0
A scoreless stalemate was evident in the predetermined seven-inning game as Houston and Memphis kept each other off the scoreboard until the Cougars broke loose for two runs in the top of the seventh, which proved to be all they needed for the Game 1 win.
After junior Caleb Barker reached with a leadoff walk and moved to second on a freshman Justin Montemayor 1-4 sacrifice bunt, a one-hour rain delay occurred. Following the wait and a Cougar strikeout, freshman Kyle Survance came up big for Houston with a two-out single up the middle, which plated Barker from second base for a 1-0 lead. Freshman Ashford Fulmer would follow with a single to left, plating Survance for two Cougar runs.
Senior starter Austin Pruitt (6.0,7,0,0,2,3) earned his sixth win to improve to 6-1 and 2-0 in Conference USA play after shutting out the Tigers in 6.0 complete innings. He scattered seven hits and two walks, while fanning three.
Junior Chase Wellbrock (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) took over for Pruitt in the final frame after the rain delay and picked up his fourth save of the year.
Houston was held to just three hits, but walked three times. Leading the way offensively was pinch-hitter Survance (1x1, R, RBI) with the game-winning hit, while scoring a run. Fulmer (1x3, RBI) drove in the second run on his base knock, while freshman Josh Vidales extended his on-base streak to 22 straight games with his leadoff single in the first.
Memphis starter Erik Schoenrock (6.1,1,1,1,2,11) was impressive, fanning 11 Cougars, but would be tagged with the loss and fall to 3-2 this year after surrendering a leadoff walk in the seventh before being replaced by teammate Jon Reed (0.2,2,1,1,1,1).
GAME 2: Memphis 1, Houston 0
FINAL - Game 2| Memphis, Tenn.The lone Memphis run in the third was enough as the Tigers shutout Houston for the Cougars’ first shutout of the season.
Win: Alex Gunn (2-2)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
0 Daniel Poncedeleon didn't walk a single hitter in his 9.0-inning, eight-strikeout complete game. 1 Daniel Poncedeleon recorded his first career complete game as a Cougar in the 3-1 win over Memphis. 4 Daniel Poncedeleon is now 4-0 in Friday starts - winning the last four decisions. Houston is also 4-0 in C-USA play. 8 Daniel Poncedeleon tied his career-high in strikeouts with eight, which also came in a win over East Carolina last weekend. 21With his walk in the first inning, freshman second baseman Josh Vidales has now reached base safely in 21 consecutive games.
Houston was held to just five hits, while stranding six on the day. Montemayor led the Cougars with two base knocks, while Survance (1x3), Fulmer (1x3) and sophomore Price Jacobs (1x1, BB) all contributed with hits.
Freshman starter Jake Lemoine (2.0,4,1,1,3,1) suffered his first loss of 2013 after lasting just 2.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks to fall to 4-1 this season.
Junior relievers Tyler Ford (2.2,2,0,0,0,2) and Chase Wellbrock (1.1,1,0,0,0,0) were the highlight out of the pen – combining for 4.0 complete innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just two hits and striking out two.
Memphis broke up the scoreless game with a run in the third after a leadoff single, a walk and an RBI-single to left field.
Houston threatened in the top of the seventh when Survance reached on a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but was stranded at third base.
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Houston will return home to host Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cougar Field before hitting the road for the second straight weekend to play Marshall in a three-game C-USA series in Charleston, West Virginia.