WACO, Texas -- No. 14 Houston Baseball returned to its winning ways and produced an impressive 11-0 victory on the road at Baylor on Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark in Waco, Texas behind an 11-hit effort and a combined shutout pitching performance.
The win lifted Houston to its 20th win of the year and to a 20-9 overall record as it will continue American Athletic Conference play at 1-2 this week at Memphis. Baylor fell to 12-16 on the year with the loss.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
5 -- Houston has now won five straight games over Baylor, dating back to 2013.
5 -- Houston recorded its fifth shutout of the season.
6 -- Ashford Fulmer is now 6-for-6 in stolen bases on the year.
11 -- With Chris Iriart's single in the seventh, he now has hit safely in 11 straight games.
12 -- Kyle Survance singled to open the game to extend his on-base streak to 12 straight games.
12 -- Zac Taylor stole his 12th base of the year -- ranking him second on the team.
14 -- Chris Iriart singles in the seventh and now rides a 14-game on-base streak.
15 -- Connor Wong has reached base in 15 straight games as the true freshman led off the fifth with a single.
19 -- Kyle Survance notched his conference-leading 19th stolen base.
32 -- Josh Vidales has reached base in 32 straight games, dating back to 2014.
Highlighted by 11 hits and a four-run fifth and six-run seventh inning, the Cougars produced its fifth shutout of the season and first since a 5-0 victory on March 15 vs. Buffalo.
The Cougars' 11-hit effort was led by junior Justin Montemayor -- who went 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI and a run scored. Freshman Connor Wong had another three-hit night, going 3-for5 with two runs scored, while junior Ashford Fulmer (2x4, 2 R) scored two runs and singled twice.
Adding to the hit total and driving in runs was junior Kyle Survance (1x4, R, RBI), junior Josh Vidales (1x4, R, RBI), junior Robert Grilli (1x2, 2 R, RBI), and junior Ian Rice (0x4, RBI) -- who drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, while junior Chris Iriart continued his hit streak with an infield single and scoring a run.
Houston starter David Longville (5.0,6,0,0,0,2) went a season-long 5.0 innings without allowing a run or walk with two strikeouts to earn the win, improving to 2-2 on the year.
Helping preserve the shutout was sophomore Marshall Kasowski (2.0,1,0,0,3,3) -- who went 2.0 shutout innings, striking out three and allowing just one hit, while freshman Aaron Fletcher (2.0,1,0,0,0,0,0) closed things out with 2.0 scoreless innings.
After Baylor starter Theron Kay retired 12 straight Cougars following a single by Survance to open the game, Houston's bottom five in the order got things rolling in the fifth as Wong opened the frame with a leadoff single to right field -- extending his on-base streak to 15 straight games.
Montemayor followed with a double off the left field wall, scoring Wong from first to give Houston a 1-0 lead. Fulmer would then lay down a perfect bunt single and two Baylor errors would accompany the play, scoring Montemayor to extend the Cougars' lead by two runs. Grilli added to the run scoring, plating Fulmer on a sacrifice fly and Vidales drove a ball to deep centerfield that tipped off the centerfielder's glove and ruled and error, scores freshman Zac Taylor from second to put Houston ahead 4-0 following a three-hit inning.
Baylor threatened in the latter half of the fifth when two one-out singles put runners at the corners, but an inning-ending double play kept the Bears off the board and sent Houston back to bat with a four-run lead in the sixth.
With one out in the sixth, Longville was pulled due to a lower body injury and handed the ball over to Kasowski - who was able to work around a two-out walk to keep Baylor off the board.
Houston would put another crooked number on the scoreboard with a six-run seventh inning on five hits. The inning opened with a leadoff infield single by Fulmer -- his second base knock of the game. He would steal second and Grilli would follow with a walk. Taylor moved the runners up a base on a sacrifice bunt and then Fulmer would score on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.
The scoring would continue when Survance walked and then stole second, while Vidales singled to make it 6-0 -- as he extends his on-base streak to 32 straight games. Iriart extends the inning with a single and then Rice would make it 8-0 on a sacrifice fly.
With two outs in the inning, Montemayor doubled -- his second double of the night -- driving in both Vidales and Iriart to put Houston up 10-0 after a five-hit, six-run seventh inning.
Kasowski returned to strike out the side despite allowing a leadoff single in the seventh to the Bears.
Houston would tack on another run to make it 11-0 after Grilli singled to open the frame and later come around to score on an RBI-groundout by Survance.
Fletcher relieved Kasowski in the eighth after the first two runners reached via the walk, but the freshman was able to escape the inning unharmed and returned in the ninth to close the game out and help preserve the Houston shutout.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
"It was a great team win tonight. Offense, defense and pitching were all lights out. Coming on the road and winning like that at a place like Baylor -- who has a great history of baseball -- has got to be a great confidence builder going into the weekend at Memphis.
"We have been on the road quite a bit and you have to tip your cap to the players, stepping off the bus and posting double-digit hits and runs and winning the way they did. The pitching did their job as [David] Longville came out and was lights out in the start, [Marshall] Kasowski took advantage of a great opportunity and [Aaron] Fletcher did his job and shut them down at the end. Hopefully we can carry this over into conference play and have a big weekend."
Houston will remain on the road and head to Memphis, Tenn. to continue American Athletic Conference play at FedExPark in Memphis for a Thursday-Saturday series. The series will open Thursday at 6:30 p.m., continue on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and wrap at Noon.
With 31 home games set for 2015 at Cougar Field and a nationally-ranked program representing the University of Houston, the Cougars are proud to announce that single-game tickets are now on sale at UHCougars.com/Basetickets.
Along with the online option, fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office at TDECU Stadium Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or can call 713-GO-COOGS.
Houston Baseball will offer variable pricing on its single-game tickets and group rates.
For the first time ever, the pricing breakdown will be determined whether or not you purchase your single-game tickets online vs. at the gate the day of the game as well as whether the Cougars play on a weekday (Monday-Thursday) or weekend (Friday-Sunday).
Weekday: Monday-Thursday; Weekend: Friday-Sunday.
As noted in the table, variable pricing occurs. For weekday (Tuesday nights) online purchases, fans can take in a game, ranging from $5-$7 depending on the choice of seating. If you choose to purchase the day of the game as a Weekday Walk-Up, you will pay roughly $2 more than the online price ($7-$9).
Weekend (Friday-Sunday) online pricing will range from $6-$8 per game, while Weekend Walk-Up pricing the day of the game will run a fan anywhere from $8-$10.
Group rates are also available (as noted in the table). Weekday (Tuesday) and Weekend (Friday-Sunday) pricing occurs. Groups of 10-24 are set at $4-$5 per person, while groups of 25+ are $3-$4 per person.
With single-game tickets available now, Houston Baseball still encourages supporters to become Season Ticket members and enjoy the attractive pricing and rewards that come with up-front purchasing for the entire 2015 season.
HOW TO PURCHASE
To purchase tickets in advance, fans must visit the Athletics Ticket Stadium Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or you can call 713-GO-COOGS.
JOIN THE DUGOUT CLUB
Nationally-ranked Houston Baseball would like to encourage those wishing to support the efforts and success of the baseball student-athletes to consider joining the Dugout Club for as low as $25 a month or $300 annually.
For a minimum monthly installment of $25 or a minimum one-time gift of $300, supporters can take advantage of the Pinch Hitter level, which will guarantee an invitation for two to exclusive Dugout Club events and Houston Baseball team apparel.
For a minimum monthly installment of $100 or a minimum one-time gift of $1,000, supporters can take advantage of the Diamond level, which will guarantee batting practice passes for two to any home game, invitation for two to exclusive Dugout Club events and Houston Baseball apparel.
**Cougar Pride points will be applied accordingly.
For more information on joining the Dugout Club, please contact the Houston Baseball office at (713) 743-9396.
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