HOUSTON -- Behind a masterful pitching performance which saw senior David Longville toss his first career complete game shutout for the Cougars, No. 20 Houston Baseball blanked Sam Houston State, 3-0 on Tuesday evening at Cougar Field to earn its 30th win of the year.
The win was the third straight for the Cougars and seventh in their last eight games as their record improved to 30-15 on the year and 19-5 at home. With the win, Houston finished 2-0 against Sam Houston State this season -- for the first season sweep since 2008 after earning a 17-7 win on the road back on March 10.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
1 -- David Longville tossed his first career complete game shutout.
2 -- The complete game shutout by a Houston pitcher was the second of the season as Kyle Dowdy tossed one on April 18 vs. Cincinnati.
6 -- The shutout was the sixth of the season by Houston's pitching staff.
9 -- The 9.0 inning effort by David Longville was a career-long for the Cougar.
14 -- Ian Rice led off the fifth inning with a walk to extend his on-base streak to 14 straight games.
25 -- Kyle Survance stole his 25th base of the season.
Longville (9.0,5,0,0,0,4) improved to 4-2 on the season with his complete game shutout, allowing just five hits, no walks with four strikeouts on just a 95-pitch effort.
The Mission Viejo, Calif. native held Sam Houston State hitters in check, facing the minimum through the first four innings.
The Houston offense struck for three runs on seven hits, led by junior Jacob Campbell's two-hit, two-RBI night. Freshman Corey Julks followed with a hit and RBI, while juniors Kyle Survance, Ian Rice, Ashford Fulmer and freshman Connor Wong all added hits in the win.
A 0-0 game was broken up in the fifth inning when the Cougars struck for the game's first runs following a two-run single with two outs by Campbell.
The fifth inning began when Rice led off with a walk -- reaching base in his 14th consecutive game. With two outs and after a Sam Houston State pitching change, the Cougars took advantage of a walk and hit-by-pitch from Vidales and Iriart, respectively to extend the inning for Campbell, who drove in both on a hard single through the left side.
Houston extended its lead with another run in the seventh after Iriart and Campbell drew back-to-back walks, allowing Julks to come through with a clutch RBI-single to put the Cougars ahead 3-0.
Longville cruised with control, allowing his defense to work behind him, registering two double plays after Bearkats reached on hits. Sam Houston State was held to just one runner reaching third base all night and that came in the ninth inning after a one-out error put the runner on base, which was followed up by a double, but Longville worked around the trouble to induce an infield fly and final flyout to keep the shutout in place.
Sam Houston State starter Alex Bisacca (4.1,3,1,1,1,5) struck out five Cougars, but allowed one run on three hits in 4.1 innings of work to suffer just his second loss of the year, falling to 5-2.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On his thoughts on David Longville's pitching performance
"David Longville was really good for us tonight. He gave our bullpen a little bit of a break. Anytime you go on a Tuesday and get a guy to throw a complete game, that's big. He obviously kept them off the board. He had quick innings. Sam Houston State is good. I looked at their starting pitcher's numbers before the game; he has a sub-.200 opposing batting average, which is really good. I thought we battled, chipped away and did what we had to do to win the game."
On getting the two out RBI
"Two out RBI are the key to success. It's the key to playing a long time. Proud of [Jacob] Campbell for doing that. That was a big nod for us with the bases loaded, and I believe he had two strikes on him. That got us going and then David [Longville] took it all the way to the house."
On the team getting on a roll
"I would like to think we're coming together. We're playing with a lot of confidence right now. It showed me a lot, on Friday night. It was a really tough game over USF, against a really good arm and a really good team. We bounced back Saturday and Sunday, and today we get a big win. We have had our injuries and we have had our knocks. You just have to step up and keep on playing. Every team has those ups and downs throughout the year, we just have to fight through them."
On how the defense played tonight
"I think the defense was outstanding. We had the one little miscue there, but other than that, pretty good. David's [Longville] a sinker ball guy. He's going to have ground balls, a lot of contact, you have to have good defense behind him."
On the last two weeks of the season and what he tells his team
"The thing I learned the longer I do this is the kids are pretty resilient. You can kind of talk them into a mindset, but it has to be a season long and year long process to just basically play the next game. They're all big. It's hard to come off an emotional weekend like we did, and tonight on a cold night. We're going to be on the road for a while. I'm just proud of their effort"
On how they're preparing for Tulane
"Just like we have been all year. We'll have the same wins they practiced with the last six weeks, we'll have the same travel arrangements. Just keep doing our thing, we're not going to change much. The next three weekends, you might as well be playing the same team three times, because they're all really three really good. We just have to go out there and play hard and see what happens."
Junior David Longville
On his mindset during the game and the defense behind him
"My focus is just to go out there and throw strikes, allowing my defense to work behind me."
On what they're focusing on for Tulane
"Our focus is literally one game at a game. We need conference wins to try and close this out."
On what was working for him
"My fastball was in and down the whole time, which allowed my defense to work behind me."
On his mindset with the game tied and on the mound and if it changes
"No, because I know my offense is going to score me runs."
Houston will hit the road for the final weekend series away from Cougar Field when it travels to New Orleans, La. this weekend for a three-game set at Tulane. Friday's game will be televised on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 6 p.m. The series will continue on Saturday at 2 p.m. and wrap on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Single game tickets for the remaining seven 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
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