No. 7 Baseball Wins 7-1 over Texas State
April 8, 2014
HOUSTON - No. 7 Houston Baseball used a four-run second inning and never looked back in a 7-1 win over Texas State Tuesday evening in non-conference action at Cougar Field.
The win lifted the Cougars to an overall record of 26-6 on the season and a 19-2 record at Cougar Field. The home record is still the best home start since a 32-1 start back in 1989.
Houston also improved to 7-1 in midweek action and has now won 11 of its last 13 games.
Pitching was the element in tonight's win as four pitchers combined for a three-hitter.
Junior starter David Longville (4.0,2,1,1,1,3) struck out three and allowed one run on two hits and one walk in his 4.0 effective innings. He was relieved with a no-decision after not qualifying for the win with enough innings.
Freshman Andrew Lantrip (4.0,1,0,0,0,0) was equally impressive in his relief outing as the righty lowered his ERA to 0.84 on the year with his 4.0 shutout innings. The Livingston, Texas native earned the win, allowing just one hit in those 4.0 innings to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Houston posted six hits, led by sophomore Kyle Survance's three RBI night on his single into right center. Junior Michael Pyeatt continues his hot-hitting, reaching base in his 12th consecutive game after tallying a game-high two hits and one run scored.
Houston put together a four-run second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Pyeatt opened the inning with a one-out single, stole second and advanced to third on the throwing error. With two outs, Stading and Coakley drew back-to-back walks to load the bases for Fulmer - who picked up his 20th RBI of the season on a bases-loaded walk.
Survance then followed with a base hit into right center that cleared the bases for three RBI. Standing at third base with a standup triple, Texas State appealed back to second and Survance was called out for failing to touch second base - but all three runs were counted.
After Longville retired the first 10 hitters he faced, Texas State responded with a run of its own on two hits and a walk to narrow Houston's lead to three at 4-1.
Lantrip took over for Longville in the fifth and retired his first nine hitters he faced - helping preserve the Cougars' early lead.
The Cougars padded their lead with three more runs in the sixth following two hits and two walks. Vidales and Grayson drew consecutive walks to open the frame and later scored on a RBI-single by Montemayor. A sacrifice bunt by Pyeatt put runners at second and third for Barker - who then reached on a bunt single to load the bases.
Stading followed with a bases-loaded walk for his 10th RBI of his career and later gave way to Coakley's one-out RBI-groundout for the Cougars' seventh run of the game.
Lantrip was impressive through his first three frames - retiring all nine he faced before he gave up a leadoff single in the eighth. Texas State wasn't able to capitalize on that hit as Lantrip retired the next three and exit with the win in check.
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