Baseball Bounces Back to Split DH at Rutgers
April 5, 2014
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Sophomore Jake Lemoine tossed his first career complete game with a career-high nine strikeouts helping No. 10 Houston Baseball to a Saturday doubleheader split at Rutgers, winning 9-1 in Game 2 after falling 7-3 in Game 1 in American Athletic Conference play.
With the Saturday split and a Game 2 bounce back, the Cougars are now 24-6 on the year and 3-2 in conference play, while Rutgers fell to 11-15 and 3-4 in league action.
GAME 2 - Houston 9, Rutgers 1
Lemoine (9.0,5,1,1,2,9) was dynamite in his start on Saturday as the Bridge City, Texas native fanned a career-high nine Scarlet Knights and went on to win his fifth game of the year - improving to 5-1. Lemoine allowed just one run on five hits and two walks. The complete game was the first of his young Cougar career.
Houston backed Lemoine offensively, pounding out 14 hits and nine RBI - including six extra base hits.
Senior Casey Grayson led the charge with a 3-for-5 performance with two runs scored and four RBI - including a three-run homerun - his team-leading third long ball of the season and his ninth double of the year.
Adding to the offensive mix and having a solid game were freshman Jordan Stading, who finished 2-for-3 with one run scored and two RBI and sophomore Ashford Fulmer (2x3, RBI) - each with runs driven. Sophomores Kyle Survance (2x4, 2 R) and Josh Vidales (2x4, 2 R) each had two hits and two runs scored.
Houston took a 3-0 lead following the third frame on RBI hits by Stading and Grayson. The big inning came in the fifth following a three-hit effort - sparked by a Grayson three-run homerun. The Cougars followed up with another run in the sixth on an RBI-single by Fulmer to go ahead 8-0.
Rutgers struck for one run in the latter half of the sixth on a wind-aided homerun to shallow left, which proved to be the only run of the game for the Scarlet Knights.
Despite allowing that run, Houston rebounded and responded with its ninth run in the top half of the seventh on a RBI-double by Pyeatt for the eight-run lead.
GAME 1 - Rutgers 7, Houston 3
Houston fell in Game 1 as Rutgers used 11 hits and seven runs to take Game 1 of the three-game series over the Cougars.
Houston starter Aaron Garza (5.0,10,5,5,0,3) was touched up a bit as the righty fell to 6-2 on the year after allowing five runs on 10 hits in 5.0 innings to accompany three strikeouts.
Houston had eight hits, led by a two-hit, two RBI game by Vidales. Grayson also showed well with two base hits and a run scored, while Fulmer drove in a run on an RBI-double.
Survance (1x5), Ratcliff (1x3, R) and sophomore Justin Montemayor (1x4, R) all added hits.
Rutgers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first and then grabbed a 2-0 lead following the third, but it was a Vidales' two-run single that tied the game in the fourth. However, the Scarlet Knights didn't back down as they pounded out four hits for two more runs in the fourth and never looked back.
Rutgers went on to add three more in the sixth. Houston made it interesting in the latter frames, but was only able to push across one run on an RBI by Fulmer in the eighth.
Houston tossed senior Aaron Stewart (0.1,0,0,0,0,0), junior Jared Robinson (0.2,1,2,0,0,1,0) and junior Taylor Cobb (2.0,0,0,0,0,0).
On Lemoine's performance
Sophomore Jake Lemoine