HOUSTON -- No. 25 Houston Baseball fell in Game 2 of the Silver Glove Series on Tuesday as No. 16 Rice used a 16-hit effort to earn an 11-0 win over the Cougars to even the 2015 season series between the two teams.
Houston's record is 23-14 on the year after dropping its second straight game, while Rice improved to 24-15 with the win. The win for the Owls snapped a four-game losing skid against the Cougars after Houston swept the 2014 season series and won the first game, 8-3 at Cougar Field this season.
The two teams are now tied for the Silver Glove Series with the final game set to be played on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Sugar Land, Texas at Constellation Field -- home of the Sugar Land Skeeters.
The highlight for Houston came from the work by sophomore reliever Marshall Kasowski (3.0,2,0,0,1,3), who worked 3.0 scoreless innings in relief, allowing just two hits, one walk, while striking out three.
Kasowski was one of five Houston pitchers to see action on Tuesday as senior starter Aaron Garza (0.1,5,4,4,0,0) allowed four runs on five hits in the loss, falling to 0-3, before handing the ball over to freshman Aaron Fletcher (2.0,4,4,2,0,0), who went 2.0 innings, surrendering two earned runs on four hits.
Junior Austin Moore (2.0,5,3,3,3,1) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in his 2.0 innings of work, before senior David Longville (0.2,0,0,0,0,0) was able to help him out of a bases loaded jam, inducing an inning-ending groundout in the fifth.
Kasowski then took over in the sixth and kept Rice off the board after the Owls plated runs in four of the first five innings.
Rice pitching combined for 16 strikeouts, led by starter Austin Orewiler (6.0,2,0,0,1,11) with 11 strikeouts in 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits for the win -- improving to 5-0 on the year.
Reliever Glenn Otto (3.0,0,0,0,1,5) fanned five in 3.0 innings for the save -- his first.
The Cougars will return to Cougar Field for a three-game weekend series vs. Cincinnati this weekend (April 17-19) with first pitch on Friday, slated for 6:30 p.m. The series will continue on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and wrap on Sunday at Noon.
Single game tickets for the remaining 11 home games at Cougar Field can be purchased by clicking here: UHCougars.com/Basetickets.
Along with the online option, fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office at TDECU Stadium Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or can call 713-GO-COOGS.
Houston Baseball offers variable pricing on its single-game tickets and group rates.
For the first time ever, the pricing breakdown will be determined whether or not you purchase your single-game tickets online vs. at the gate the day of the game as well as whether the Cougars play on a weekday (Monday-Thursday) or weekend (Friday-Sunday).
Weekday: Monday-Thursday; Weekend: Friday-Sunday.
As noted in the table, variable pricing occurs. For weekday (Tuesday nights) online purchases, fans can take in a game, ranging from $5-$7 depending on the choice of seating. If you choose to purchase the day of the game as a Weekday Walk-Up, you will pay roughly $2 more than the online price ($7-$9).
Weekend (Friday-Sunday) online pricing will range from $6-$8 per game, while Weekend Walk-Up pricing the day of the game will run a fan anywhere from $8-$10.
Group rates are also available (as noted in the table). Weekday (Tuesday) and Weekend (Friday-Sunday) pricing occurs. Groups of 10-24 are set at $4-$5 per person, while groups of 25+ are $3-$4 per person.
HOW TO PURCHASE
To purchase tickets in advance, fans must visit the Athletics Ticket Stadium Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or you can call 713-GO-COOGS.
JOIN THE DUGOUT CLUB
Nationally-ranked Houston Baseball would like to encourage those wishing to support the efforts and success of the baseball student-athletes to consider joining the Dugout Club for as low as $25 a month or $300 annually.
For a minimum monthly installment of $25 or a minimum one-time gift of $300, supporters can take advantage of the Pinch Hitter level, which will guarantee an invitation for two to exclusive Dugout Club events and Houston Baseball team apparel.
For a minimum monthly installment of $100 or a minimum one-time gift of $1,000, supporters can take advantage of the Diamond level, which will guarantee batting practice passes for two to any home game, invitation for two to exclusive Dugout Club events and Houston Baseball apparel.
**Cougar Pride points will be applied accordingly.
For more information on joining the Dugout Club, please contact the Houston Baseball office at (713) 743-9396.
For more information regarding Cougar Pride, please call (713) 743-GOUH.
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