April 7, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — University of Houston Baseball wrapped up its second straight C-USA road series with a convincing 9-1 victory over Marshall in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.
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2 Houston hit two homeruns in the win as freshmen Justin Montemayor (3-run) and Ashford Fulmer (2-run) each hit one. The two homerun game was the second game this season for Houston with two long balls ... Last coming vs. Texas A&M-CC on March 8 when Caleb Barker and Jacob Campbell each hit one. 5 Freshman Jake Lemoine struck out a career-high five hitters in today's win, surpassing his previous high of four, which came in 6.2 innings vs. East Carolina back on March 24. The victory was also his fifth this year. 16 Houston recorded 10 or more hits today for the 16th time this season with its 13 hits.
The Cougars improved to 24-9 and 6-3 in league play with the win, while Marshall fell to 13-18 and 3-3 among C-USA opponents.
Houston broke up a 0-0 stalemate in the fourth when it went on to produce four straight two or more-run innings for nine runs in the four frames.
The Cougars tallied 13 hits for its 16th 10+ hit game this season. Leading the charge offensive was junior Caleb Barker (3x6, R, 3 RBI) who drove in three on three hits, while scoring a run.
Freshman Justin Montemayor (2x5, 2 R, 3 RBI) had two hits, including the biggest hit of the day – a three-run homerun to break open the scoreless contest. Freshman Ashford Fulmer (2x5, R, 2 RBI) added two hits, including his first career homerun – a two-run shot in the seventh. Also producing a multi-hit game and scoring two runs was sophomore Michael Pyeatt (2x5, 2 R, RBI).
Contributing to the 13-hit game was junior Landon Appling (1x4) and freshmen Kyle Survance (1x1) and Kyle Kirk (1x3), each with a hit.
Freshman starter Jake Lemoine (6.0,6,1,1,4,5) improved to 5-1 after he was very strong in his fifth start of the season. The righty allowed just one run on six hits and four walks, while fanning a career-high five strikeouts. The five-fanned hitters surpassed his previous high of four, which came in a C-USA win over East Carolina on March 24.
Junior Chase Wellbrock (3.0,2,0,0,0,1) allowed just two hits and struck out one to pick up his team-leading fifth save of the year in his 3.0-inning relief effort.
After playing three scoreless frames, Houston would be the first to jump on board with three runs in the top of the fourth following a three-run homerun by Montemayor. Barker got things going with a sharp single into left center, moved up a base after the next pitch hit Davis. Both runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Kirk, setting the table for Montemayor to belt his third homerun of the season.
The Cougars added two more in the fifth when Pyeatt opened the frame with a single through the left side. Ratcliff reached on a throwing error by the Marshall catcher after laying down a sacrifice bunt. With runners at second and third, Barker drove in two on his second hit of the game on a single up the middle.
Marshall would score one run on two infield singles in the fifth to trim Houston’s lead at 5-1 through five complete. The run by the Thundering Herd didn’t cause an interruption in the Cougars’ scoring effort as they went on to plate two more in the sixth for the third straight inning.
A one-out single by Vidales started the inning, which was quickly followed by an RBI-single by Pyeatt as he went on to take second base on a fielding error by the Marshall right fielder. With two outs, Barker picked up his third RBI of the game on his single up the middle to put Houston up 7-1.
Houston wouldn’t let up as it produced another two-run frame in the seventh when Fulmer belted his first career homerun, driving in two to put the Cougars ahead 9-1.
Marshall starter Michael Taylor (4.0,7,5,4,1,3) took the loss, falling to 3-3 on the year.
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Houston will take the midweek off before hosting non-conference opponent Seton Hall next weekend at Cougar Field in a three-game series, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.