HOUSTON -- Freshman pitcher Mitch Ullom continues to dazzle in his freshman campaign after logging a complete-game, 1-0 shutout to clinch the weekend series against the UCF Knights, at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park, on Sunday.
Following the conclusion of the series on Sunday, the Cougars head to Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas for a showdown with the Texas Longhorns.
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ON THE BUMP BREAKDOWN
Mitch Ullom -- 9.0 IP / 7 H / 0 R/ 0 BB / 2 K
Ullom (9.0,7,0,0,0,2) dominated on the bump for the third consecutive weekend and fourth straight start as he cruised to a shutout victory allowing just seven hits, while walking none and striking out two and throwing just 98 pitches. In his last four starts, Ullom has allow just two runs in 33 innings pitched.
Both Ullom and UCF pitcher Juan Pimentel put in dominating performances, with the game remaining scoreless through the first five innings. UCF had base runners in each of the first two innings, but Ullom was able to induce three straight groundouts to end the first, and two more in the second to fight off the Knight's threat.
Houston put together its first rally of the day in the bottom of the second inning, when Justin Montemayor led off the frame with a walk, and Corey Julks followed with a 2-1 single to left. However, Pimentel got Jacob Campbell to line into an unlucky 5-4 double play to end the inning.
The Cougar offense finally broke through in the sixth inning when freshman Joe Davis crushed a 1-1 pitch to left, which hooked just inside the foul pole to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Davis' seventh home run of the year would prove to be all the offense the Cougars would need.
UCF was able to get runners on base in each of the seventh and eighth innings, but Ullom was up to the task of keeping the Knight's off the scoreboard. In the seventh, Logan Heiser singled to center with one out, and was quickly erased by Jacob Campbell who caught the runner stealing. The caught stealing was Campbell's second of the year on just four attempts.
The Knights put together their best threat of the game in the eighth, putting runners on first and second with just one out. Ullom however, would get Putnam to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
UCF had one last gasp in the ninth when Matt Diorio sent a fly ball deep into center field, which sent Zac Taylor crashing into the wall to the left of the 390' sign. Taylor was able to hold onto the ball, and two flyouts later Ullom collected the first complete game shutout of his career.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH Todd Whitting
On taking winning the weekend series
"That was another clutch performance by Mitch Ullom. It's back-to-back Sundays now where he has been absolutely lights out, and for a freshman to be able to do something like that is special; He has great days ahead of him. (Joe) Davis' home run was big, and (Zac) Taylor made two great plays out there in centerfield in the ninth inning. It was big for our team, because we are fighting and clawing to get every run that we can right now. I'm looking forward to next week."
On having a bat like Joe Davis in the lineup
"He has a difference-making bat. We have a bunch of difference maker bats in our lineup. I believe that our offense is going to start clicking real quickly. We are doing enough to win games, so I'll take it all day long. Joe has been great all year. He's been consistent and now he has to keep it going."
On the game versus Texas at Constellation Field
"It'll be fun. There will be a lot of folks out there. We love going to Constellation Field and playing out there. This is the first time we're playing Texas. It'll be a great environment, and we will have a ton of Coog fans out there. The team is really looking forward to it."
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