No. 10 Baseball Wins Slugfest at Texas A&M
April 1, 2014
HOUSTON - No. 10 Houston Baseball played a complete game, which was highlighted by a five-run fourth inning, 17 hits and 10 runs to earn a 10-8 win over Texas A&M at Blue Bell Park in College Station, Texas Tuesday evening.
With the win, Houston improved to 23-5 on the year and 4-1 on the road, while Texas A&M fell to 18-12 on the season.
Houston had five players record a three-hit game as three of the five recorded two RBI.
Senior Frankie Ratcliff (3x3, R, 2 RBI, HR) belted his first homerun of the year and finished with three hits, while sophomores Justin Montemayor (3x5, 2 R, RBI), Josh Vidales (3x5, R, 2 RBI), Ashford Fulmer (3x5, 3 R, 2 RBI) and freshman Jordan Stading (3x5, R). Fulmer finished with a career-best three runs scored for the Cougars.
The 17 hits ties for second-most on the season for the Cougars, while it marked just the third time Houston has plated at least 10 runs.
Junior David Longville (2.1,5,4,4,0,2) made his fifth midweek start of the year, but would exit with a no-decision after allowing four runs on five hits in 2.1 innings.
Making appearances out of the bullpen for the Cougars were junior Jared Robinson (0.2,2,3,2,1,1), senior Tyler Ford (1.0,0,0,1,2), sophomore Bubba Maxwell (1.1,4,0,0,0,0), senior Aaron Stewart (0.1,0,0,0,1,0) and freshman Andrew Lantrip (2.1,1,0,0,0,0).
Maxwell was credited with the win as he was the official pitcher of record when Houston took its last lead. In relief, Maxwell improved to 2-0 on the year.
Senior Chase Wellbrock (1.0,2,1,0,0,1) recorded his 19th career save and seventh of the year with his 1.0-inning in relief. He allowed an unearned run on two hits with one strikeout to help preserve the Houston lead.
Houston grabbed the game's first lead when Vidales singled through the right side, scoring Montemayor, who opened the frame on a single up the middle and moved to second a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Pyeatt.
The Cougars added their second run of the game when Ratcliff drove a double into left center, scoring Fulmer from second after the speedster singled and stole second to lead off the third inning.
Texas A&M used a four-run third inning to go ahead after the Aggies strung together four hits.
Houston put together one of its best offensive innings of the season when it scored five runs on six hits to go up 7-4 in the top of the fourth. Montemayor opened the frame with a single, moved up on a Pyeatt single and scored on a Vidales' RBI-single. Stading then placed a bunt single down the third base line, allowing Fulmer to follow with a two-run single down the left field line. Up 5-4, sophomore Kyle Survance moved the runners over on a sacrifice bunt, and then Ratcliff was intentionally walked - giving way to Grayson - who worked a 3-2 count with bases loaded just to drive a pitch into left center, plating two to give Houston the three-run lead.
Texas A&M used three hits and two bases-loaded walks to plate three runs in the latter half of the fourth to tie the game at 7-7.
In all three innings the Cougars scored a run, Houston had its leadoff hitter reach base on a single.
A solo homerun by Ratcliff - his first of the season - put Houston back ahead at 8-7 in the top half of the sixth.
Texas A&M made it interesting in the sixth when they tallied back-to-back singles and later a two-out walk, but Stewart and Lantrip both pitched their way out of the inherited jam to keep the Aggies off the scoreboard for the second straight inning.
Houston threatened in the eighth when Fulmer and Survance reached on back-to-back hits. Ratcliff continued his productive day at the plate with a sacrifice bunt that put Fulmer and Survance in scoring position as Fulmer later scored on a wild pitch by Texas A&M's A.J. Minter. Montemayor put Houston up 10-7 with an RBI-single, scoring Survance as the Cougars took a three-run lead into the ninth.
Wellbrock came in and allowed a leadoff single, but induced a flyout to center for the first out. A single through the right side put runners at first and second - which later led to a two-out double steal. A Houston error would lead to the Aggies eighth run, but Wellbrock induced a final groundout for the win.
Texas A&M Ty Schlottman (2.1,3,1,1,1,0,4) was tagged with the loss in relief for Texas A&M.
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