No. 12 HOUSTON
CINCINNATI, Ohio - No. 12 Houston Baseball rode the arm of junior David Longville and pounded out 16 hits, nine for extra-bases en route to a 15-1 seven-inning run-rule victory over Cincinnati on Sunday to win its eighth weekend series of the season.
The win improved Houston's overall record to 31-12 and its conference mark to 8-7, while Cincinnati fell to 16-25 and 4-14 in league play.
The series win for the Cougars was the eighth weekend series victory for Houston this season and fourth in American Athletic Conference play.
Pounding out 16 hits - nine for extra bases, which included eight doubles and one triple, the Cougars scored 15 runs with 15 RBI and drew eight walks. Sophomores Kyle Survance and Justin Montemayor each led the team with four hits as Survance was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and a walk, while Montemayor went 4-for-5 with three doubles - driving in a career-high four RBI and two runs scored.
Senior Jacob Lueneburg continues his hot-hitting with a 2-for-4 effort, scoring a run and driving in two, while junior Michael Pyeatt extended his on-base streak to 10 games with a 2-for-4, one run, two-RBI performance with a triple.
Sophomore Josh Vidales drove in two on a double, while sophomore Ashford Fulmer doubled to plate two and scored two runs as well as senior Frankie Ratcliff, who finished 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI and three walks. Freshman Connor Hollis added a hit and scored two, while senior Casey Grayson drove in one and scored twice.
Making his first start on a weekend this season, Houston couldn't have asked for a better start out of junior David Longville (7.0,8,1,1,1,6) who had a career day on the bump - going the distance for his first decision of his Cougar career - improving to 1-0 on the year. He finished with a career-long 7.0 innings and a career-high six strikeouts, while allowing just one run on eight hits and one walk.
Houston saw an early chance to score when the Cougars ran into two outs at third base in the top of the first trying to be aggressive on the base paths, but Cincinnati was able to work around two first-inning hits and a walk to escape without allowing a Cougar run.
Longville balanced that attack on the mound when he was backed by a nice defensive play by Grayson on an unconventional 3-6-1 double play to end the first. Longville then allowed a leadoff double in the second, but then induced an infield fly, following that with back-to-back strikeouts to keep the score knotted at 0-0 heading into the third.
The Cougars used a two-run double by Montemayor in the top of the third to put Houston up 3-0 after the first run of the game scored on a hard grounder by Grayson - as he reached on the error by the Cincinnati shortstop, but was credited with the RBI.
Cincinnati scratched across a run in the third after three hits and a sacrifice fly, but Longville was able to strand two to end the inning and keep Houston ahead at 3-1 heading into the fourth frame.
Houston padded its lead at 5-1 in the top of the fifth with two more runs on a one-out double off the right center wall to plate Montemayor and Pyeatt, who reached on back-to-back singles.
Cincinnati connected on a two-out triple and then was issued a walk, but ran into an out at home plate attempting to score, but was caught stealing to end the frame - holding Houston's lead by four.
Houston continued its hot-hitting with a two-run triple by Pyeatt for his second hit of the game to put the Cougars ahead 7-1, scoring Survance and Hollis - who opened the frame with back-to-back singles. Lueneburg then followed with an RBI-single into right center, plating Fulmer - who came in to pinch run for Pyeatt - to make it an 8-1 game in favor of the Cougars.
Montemayor doubles for the third time today when he crushes a ball off the right center wall to plate two more with two outs, scoring Survance and Hollis - for the second straight inning. Leading 10-1, Fulmer and Lueneburg then each crushed back-to-back doubles to put Houston ahead 13-1.
The inning continued with the Cougars' eighth double of the game when Vidales doubled down the left field line to score both Ratcliff and Lueneburg to put Houston ahead 15-1.
Houston got to Cincinnati starter Grant Walker (2.1,4,3,2,3,0) after just 2.1 innings as he fell to 2-4 on the year.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
"I think we responded well today after a tough loss yesterday. One thing about this thing is I think we have the talent and have a chance to be a really good team, but if we don't show up and respect our opponent, we aren't good enough to do that. We have to have a heightened sense of awareness of who we play and hit the ground running."
On David Longville's performance
"I'm really proud of [David] Longville. I thought he pitched well and earned that win after going the deepest he has in a game this season. He gutted through that and pitched well in conditions that weren't favorable for pitchers with the wind blowing straight out. I'm really proud of his effort."
On the offense in today's win
"I thought the offense showed up today like it did on Friday. We just have to continue to get better as we move through conference play."
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Houston will return to play on Tuesday when it travels to Lake Charles, La. to take on McNeese State in non-conference action. The Cougars and Cowboys will resume its suspended game (Feb. 25) at 5 p.m. and then will begin the originally-scheduled contest roughly around 6 p.m.
Note: The suspended game has Houston ahead 5-2 in the top of the ninth with no outs and no one on base. Houston is the home team.