Errors Costly in Loss at Texas Tech
April 13, 2012
W: John Neely (3-4)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
1 Freshman Michael Pyeatt picked up his first collegiate hit in the ninth inning on Friday at Texas Tech.
3 Three Cougars recorded a multi-hit game with two hits each.
4 Houston struggled defensively, tying its season-high in errors with four, which accounted for 9 unearned runs.
LUBBOCK, Texas—The University of Houston baseball team dropped its series opener at Texas Tech, 15-4, on Friday evening in non-conference action on the road.
Houston fell to 12-19-1 overall with the loss, while Texas Tech improved to 20-15 and 2-0 against the Cougars this season, having earned a 10-4 win at Minute Maid Park in the Houston College Classic back on March 4.
The Cougars struggled defensively, tying a season-high four errors in the evening contest, which attributed to nine unearned runs.
Houston got off to a great start, plating two runs in the first inning on three hits, but Texas Tech quickly responded with three of its own after three consecutive hits, including a leadoff triple.
Down just 3-2 through three innings, Houston starter Matt Hernandez (6.0,9,8,5,1,3) had settled in until the Red Raiders plated three more runs in the fourth on two hits and a bases clearing fielding error in right field. Texas Tech tacked on two more runs in the fifth on three hits to go up 8-2.
A one-out triple by junior Chase Jensen attributed to another run scored as senior Codey Morehouse’s groundball plated Jensen for Houston’s third run. Texas Tech continued to extend its lead in the seventh with one more run, before the Cougars scored in the top half of the eighth on an RBI pinch-hit single by sophomore Jonathan Davis.
Closing in and down 9-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Texas Tech took advantage of two key errors by the Houston defense, which extended the inning for a Texas Tech grand slam to make it 15-4.
Houston tallied eight hits, led by three Cougars with two hits each. Morehouse (2x4, 2 R, RBI) had two hits, including a double, scored two runs and drove in one. Jensen (2x4, 2 R) tripled and singled and scored two runs, while senior John Cannon (2x4, RBI) drove in a run on two hits.
Also recording hits was freshman Michael Pyeatt (1x3, BB) and Davis (1x1, RBI).
Hernandez suffered the loss to fall to 0-2 this season in just his second start in a Houston uniform. The southpaw allowed five earned runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Texas Tech starter John Neely (6.0,4,3,3,2,2) earned the win, tossing 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts.