April 8, 2014
No. 7 HOUSTON
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.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
"The thing I told the team before the game started is we needed to play a nice boring game. We tend to do some amazing things, and then some crazy unorthodox things. We needed to play basic baseball, and we did a good job of it tonight."
On the weekend series with Louisville
"It's obviously a big weekend for us with conference play. Every game is a big game, especially this time of year going down the stretch. I'm excited to get a great Louisville team in here. We're going to have a tremendous crowd this weekend. I expect the Cougar fans to show up in full force, and our kids are excited to play Louisville."
On his performance tonight
"I went out there tonight trying to command the strike zone. I feel like I did a pretty good job of that tonight, using mostly fastballs. I wanted to let the hitters put the ball in play, and let my defense take care of the rest. Defense was great tonight they made plays every time the ball was put in play."
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No. 7 Houston will welcome No. 10 Louisville to Cougar Field for a three-game conference set this weekend. The series is slated for Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at Noon.
COUGAR SPRING FLING vs. LOUISVILLE TICKETS - FRIDAY, APRIL 11
Tickets for the Cougar Spring Fling, good for general admission to both events, are just $5 prior to April 11 and $10 on April 11. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE COUGAR SPRING FLING.
Tickets can be purchased in advance through UHCougars.com or by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-462-6647. Tickets on the day of the event can be purchased at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office, located in the Athletics/Alumni Center at 3100 Cullen Blvd., or at the event's entrances beginning at 5 p.m.
All Houston Baseball season ticket holders and single game reserved seat ticket holders ($12-15) will be admitted into Cougar Spring Fling with their previously purchased tickets. All seating at the Houston Football Spring Game will be general admission.
Cash parking for the Spring Fling will be available in the Houston Football Stadium parking garage and in lot 16C located across from Cougar Field on Cullen Blvd.
KIDS (8th grade & younger) with CAMP T-SHIRT GET IN FREE
Kids who show up to Cougar Field in a UH Baseball Camp T-Shirt and are in the eighth grade or younger will receive FREE ADMISSION to any Houston Baseball home game.