Baseball Drops 3-0 Contest at Cincinnati
April 26, 2014
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Houston Baseball wasn't able to overcome a tough day at the plate as Cincinnati took Game 2 of the three-game weekend set, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon to even the American Athletic Conference series.
With the loss, Houston fell to 30-12 on the year and back to .500 at 7-7 in conference action, while Cincinnati improved to 16-24 and 4-13 in league play. The shutout loss was just the second for Houston this season - last one coming back on March 9 at Pepperdine in a 3-0 loss.
Houston was held to a total of just three hits as Cincinnati starter Connor Walsh (7.0,2,0,0,3,6) held Houston to just two hits in his 7.0 shutout innings of work to accompany his six strikeouts. He held the Cougars without a hit until a Casey Grayson double with two outs in the sixth, but was able to work around the hit and escape the inning without a run scoring.
Houston starter Jake Lemoine (6.1,8,3,3,3,8) allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks to accompany his eight punchouts, one shy of tying his career-best. After allowing an early run in the first inning on three consecutive hits to open the game, Lemoine settled in and battled Walsh toe-to-toe for the next four innings before Cincinnati scratched another run across in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Lemoine handed the ball over to freshman Andrew Lantrip (1.2,0,0,0,0,3) who worked the final 1.2 innings out of the pen, striking out three and not allowing a hit - retiring all five hitters he faced.
Despite a productive start by Lemoine, he was tagged with his fourth loss of the year - falling to 5-4.