April 14, 2013
HOUSTON - University of Houston Baseball dropped its non-conference series finale to Seton Hall, 15-1, on Sunday afternoon at Cougar Field.
Win: Greg Terhune (3-2)
Loss: Jake Lemoine (5-2)
The Cougars fell to 25-11 on the season, while the Pirates improved to 18-15 with the win.
Houston fell down early and allowed Seton Hall to use a seven-run sixth inning to build on its lead and never look back. The Pirates pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of four defensive errors by the Cougars to take the non-conference series - just the second series loss this season for Houston.
The Cougars scattered six hits, led by freshman Kyle Survance's (2x4, R, 2B) two base hits and run scored, while junior Caleb Barker (1x3, RBI, 2B) drove in Houston's only run of the day on an RBI-double in the sixth inning. Others tallying a hit were junior Frankie Ratcliff (1x3) and freshman Kyle Kirk (1x1).
Freshman starter Jake Lemoine (3.0,3,4,2,4,1) was tagged with just his second loss of the season, falling to 5-2 after surrendering two earned runs on three hits and four walks in 3.0 innings of work.
The righty was relieved by juniors Tyler Ford (1.0,4,2,2,1,1), Chase Wellbrock (1.0,4,5,5,1,0) and Dylan Rucker (0.2,3,2,2,1,0) - who gave up a combined nine earned runs on 11 hits.
Senior Ryan Bonnot (2.1,2,0,0,1,1) held Seton Hall scoreless in his 2.1 innings, a career-tying relief outing out of the pen, allowing just two hits and one walk with one strikeout.
Freshman Keith Brenner (1.0,2,2,0,1,2) made just his second appearance of the year, tossing 1.0 inning, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Seton Hall scored early and often as the Pirates plated runs in six different innings. They managed to take a 1-0 lead in the first, following a leadoff walk and a Houston error. Seton Hall continued its offensive dominance with a run in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and seven in the sixth for a 13-0 lead.
Houston was able to finally get on board in the sixth after Survance tallied the Cougars' second hit of the day with a one-out single through the right side. He advanced a base on an infield single by Ratcliff and later scored on a double down the line by Barker.
A final two runs by Seton Hall would be tacked on in the ninth to seal the 14-run victory.
The Cougars tested the Pirates' defense all day, but would come up short with line drives and deep fly balls that found Seton Hall gloves.
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Houston will welcome Texas Southern to Cougar Field at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and McNeese State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for non-conference midweek action before hosting Rice at home next weekend in a pivotal C-USA series.