Houston Baseball Drops 4-0 Road Contest at Texas
April 23, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Houston Baseball pitching staff fanned 11 Longhorn hitters, but would fall 4-0 on the road at Texas on Tuesday night in non-conference action.
FINAL | Austin, Texas
Win: Travis Duke (3-0)
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9 Kyle Survance's sixth inning single extended his hit streak to nine straight games. 14 With his single in the first inning, junior Frankie Ratcliff has now reached base safely in 14 consecutive games.
The Cougars fell to 27-14 on the year, while Texas improved to 22-17. The two teams split the 2013 series with Houston winning 4-3 back on March 19 at Cougar Field.
Five Houston pitchers combined to fan 11 Longhorns, but the Texas pitching staff was equally impressive, holding Houston to just four hits in the shutout.
The Cougars were led offensively by sophomore Price Jacobs (1x2, BB) with a double, while junior Frankie Ratcliff (1x4), and freshmen Kyle Survance (1x3) and Ashford Fulmer (1x3) each added a hit.
Survance's single in the sixth inning extended his hit streak to nine straight games, while Ratcliff's single in the first extended his reaching base streak to 14 straight contests.
Texas jumped on board in the bottom of the first with a one-out homerun to right center by the Longhorn two-hole hitter Erich Weiss.
Held to just one hit through five complete innings, Houston's pitching also kept the Longhorns at bay as they threatened in three straight innings before scratching across another run in the bottom of the fifth on a leadoff walk, stolen base and RBI-single through the left side.
Down 2-0, Jacobs doubles down the right field line for the Cougars first extra base hit and was followed by a Fulmer walk, but a fielder's choice followed to erase Jacobs trying to advance to third. The Cougars would go on to strand bases loaded as the Longhorns forced an infield popout and flyout to centerfield.
Texas went on to plate two more runs in the sixth to extend its lead to 4-0 and that proved to be all the Longhorns needed in the midweek win.
Sophomore Aaron Garza (2.1,3,1,1,0,1) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on three hits with one strikeout to fall to 4-3 this year.
The Houston bullpen saw four relievers as junior Tyler Ford (2.1,2,1,1,2,4) struck out four in his 2.1 innings of work, while sophomore Ryan Vruggink (0.2,2,2,0,1,2) and senior Matt Hernandez (0.2,1,0,0,1,2) combined for four strikeouts in the sixth inning alone. Freshman Jake Lemoine (2.0,0,0,0,1,2) would toss 2.0 hitless innings with two strikeouts.
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Houston will continue its weeklong road tour as it visits UCF in Orlando for a three-game C-USA series this weekend. The series begins on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT, continues Saturday at 3 p.m. CT and concludes on Sunday at 12 p.m. CT.