Houston Offense Shows Well, but Cougars Drop Road Game at Marshall
April 5, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Playing one of its best offensive games of the year, Houston Baseball's strong showing was overshadowed by an equally impressive hitting effort by Marshall, as the Cougars dropped a 19-13 C-USA road contest at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.
FINAL | Appalachian Power Park
Win: Kolin Stanley (1-1)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
4 Junior Frankie Ratcliff's four RBI in today's game was a career-best, surpassing his previous high of two, which has come four times. 18 Houston's 18 hits tied a season-high as the Cougars also had 18 hits in a win over New Orleans back on March 15.
Houston fell to 23-8 overall and 5-2 in league play, while Marshall improved to 12-17 and 2-2 in C-USA games.
Houston jumped out to its best start of the year when it scored 11 runs over the first three innings. Marshall would continue to hang close during those innings when it plated four runs to trail 13-4.
After the Cougars added two more runs to their lead, the Thundering Herd began its offensive rout with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth and sixth more in the fifth to take over the lead at 17-13. They went on to add two more in the sixth for a 19-13 advantage.
Houston was held scoreless by the Marshall bullpen in the final five innings.
The 18 hits Houston tallied in today's contest tied a season-high, which came last vs. New Orleans on March 15.
The Cougars posted 18 hits and 13 runs, led by a three-hit effort by junior shortstop Frankie Ratcliff (3x4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR, 2B) who belted his second homerun of the season. Ratcliff's four RBI was career-best, surpassing his previous high of two, which came four times this season.
Junior Landon Appling (3x5, R, 2 RBI) and freshman Kyle Kirk (3x6, 2 R, RBI) each had three hits, while juniors Jonathan Davis (2x5, R, 2 RBI) and Caleb Barker (2x5, R) and freshman Kyle Survance (2x4, 2 R) each added two hits.
Every Cougar in the lineup had a hit as freshmen Josh Vidales (1x4, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB), Justin Montemayor (1x5, RBI) and Ashford Fulmer (1x5, R, RBI) each drove in an RBI on a base hit.
Houston tossed eight different pitchers in the outing. Junior starter Daniel Poncedeleon (3.1,7,6,6,2,2) received the no-decision after allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.1 innings of work. Junior reliever Tyler Ford, (0.0,3,4,4,0,0), Houston's fourth pitcher of the day, suffered the loss, falling to 2-1 after allowing four runs on three hits in the fifth inning.
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Houston and Marshall will continue the three-game series at 2:05 p.m. ET/1:05 p.m. CT on Saturday and conclude at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT Sunday.