Cougars Fall in Series Finale to Rice; 6 Named to All-Series Team
April 21, 2013
HOUSTON -- A seven-run third inning by Rice lifted the Owls over the University of Houston Baseball team, 11-1, in seven innings on Sunday afternoon in the Silver Glove Series finale at Cougar Field.
FINAL | Cougar Field
Win: John Simms (5-3)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
6 Six Cougars were named to the All-Silver Glove Series Team: Josh Vidales, Justin Montemayor, Frankie Ratcliff, Jonathan Davis, Kyle Survance, & Austin Pruitt. 8 Kyle Survance's third inning single extended his hit streak to eight straight games. 10 Junior Jonathan Davis extended his streak of reaching base safely to 10 consecutive games with a double in the 4th inning. 12 With his single in the 4th inning, freshman first baseman Justin Montemayor extended his consecutive games of reaching base safely streak to 12 games. 13 With his single in the fifth inning, junior Frankie Ratcliff has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive games.
The Cougars fell to 27-13 overall and 7-5 in league play, while the Owls improved to 28-14 and 9-6 and took the 2013 Silver Glove Series, 2-1.
ALL-SILVER GLOVE SERIES TEAM
Awarded for their strong weekend play, Houston had six representatives named to the All-Silver Glove Series team that featured 12 players and a MVP from both programs.
Freshman second baseman Josh Vidales, freshman first baseman Justin Montemayor, junior shortstop Frankie Ratcliff and junior Jonathan Davis were honorees in the Houston infield, while freshman outfielder Kyle Survance and senior pitcher Austin Pruitt earned spots at their respective positions.
Rice representatives were: Austin Kubitza, John Simms, Geoff Perrott, Leon Byrd, Ford Stainback and Michael Ratteree (MVP).
Rice strung together six hits en route to seven runs in the third inning to build on its first-inning lead, holding an 8-1 advantage over the Cougars through the first three frames.
Houston tallied two hits in the latter half of the frame, but stranded runners at first and second. The Cougars scored their only run of the game in the fourth on an RBI-groundout by sophomore Michael Pyeatt - scoring Montemayor, who led off the frame with a one-out single.
Rice went on to score three runs in the seventh to force a 10-run rule over the Cougars.
Houston tallied six hits, led by Vidales' (2x3) two base knocks, while Survance (1x2) extended his hit streak to eight straight game with his third-inning single.
Ratcliff (1x3) and Montemayor (1x3, R) each extended their on-base streaks to 13 and 12 games, respectively with their singles.
Freshman starter Jake Lemoine (2.1,4,5,5,3,3) suffered the loss, falling to 5-3 on the year, lasting 2.1 innings - allowing five runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Out of the bullpen today for Houston was junior Chase Wellbrock (0.0,3,3,3,0,0), senior Matt Hernandez, (3.2,4,2,1,0,4) who struck out four in 3.2 innings of work. Sophomores Logan Piper (0.0,0,1,0,1,0) and Ryan Vruggink (1.0,1,0,0,1,2) fanned two in his 1.0 inning out of the pen.
Rice starter John Simms (7.0,6,1,1,1,3) allowed one run on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts in his complete-game 7.0-inning outing to improve to 5-3 with the win.
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Houston will hit the road for four straight game - beginning with a Tuesday stop in Austin to face Texas at 6 p.m.