Ratcliff collects three hits, including 7th triple
May 4, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. – University of Houston Baseball rallies for two runs in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome its early deficit, falling 6-3 at Tulane on Saturday as the weekend series evens at a game apiece.
Win: Alex Byo (3-4)
Loss: Austin Pruitt (7-5)
Save: Andrew Garner (5)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
7 Junior Frankie Ratcliff tripled for the seventh time this season - which ties the Houston junior record, set by Joel Ansley in 2010.
15 With his single to right field in the seventh inning, freshman Kyle Survance extended his consecutive games of reaching base safely streak to 15.
22 With his seventh triple of the season, Frankie Ratcliff gave the Cougars 22 total triples on the season. That mark is five away from the team record (27) set in 1990.
41 Freshman Josh Vidales walked for the 41st time this season and is just nine walks away from tying the all-time freshman walk record set back in 2001 by Cougar great Michael Bourn.
The loss dropped Houston’s record to 29-18 and 8-9 in C-USA play, while Tulane improved to 24-23 and 8-9 as well.
Houston racked up 11 hits, led by junior Frankie Ratcliff’s 3-for-5 effort, which included his seventh triple of the year. Sophomore Michael Pyeatt (2x2, R, RBI) drove in a RBI and scored a run on two hits to extend his hit streak to six straight games. His two-hit effort was the fourth multi-hit game in the last six contests.
Freshman Justin Montemayor (2x4, R) scored a run and tallied two hits, while juniors Jonathan Davis (1x4, RBI, 2B) and Landon Appling (1x4, RBI) plated runs on base hits. Also contributing to the offense was freshman Kyle Survance, (1x5) who singled in the eighth to extend his on base streak to 15 consecutive games, while freshman Jacob Campbell (1x1) came off the bench to provide a single to extend the eighth inning rally.
The Cougars stranded 10 base runners in the loss and hit into two key double plays to end innings.
Tulane jumped on the board with four runs on five hits in the fourth inning, while the Cougars were held scoreless until they struck for a run in the sixth.
Ratcliff opened the frame with his third base hit of the game, a triple to left center – his seventh of the season, moving him into a tie for second in the nation in total triples. That triple also marked the Cougars’ 22nd of the season, just five shy of the single-season record of 27, coming in 1990.
Davis followed Ratcliff’s triple with a deep fly ball to left field for a sacrifice fly to put Houston on the board, trailing 4-1.
Pruitt settled in to allow just four hits over the next 3.1 innings, while Houston rallied for two runs in the eighth on four one-out hits, led by RBI-singles by Pyeatt and Appling.
Down 4-3, Tulane forced a Houston pitching change after a one-out double and RBI-single.
Junior Chase Wellbrock (0.2,2,0,0,0,0) relived Pruitt (7.1,10,6,6,1,4) in the eighth, but the Green Wave would plate two runs to extend its lead to 6-3.
Pruitt would be tagged with the loss, falling to 7-5 this season after surrendering six runs on 10 hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
Tulane starter Alex Byo (7.1,8,2,2,3,2) earned the win after giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks to improve to 3-4, while reliever Andrew Garner (1.2,0,0,0,0,0) picke dup his fifth save with his 1.2 hitless innings out of the pen.
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Houston and Tulane will wrap up the three-game series with a rubber game set to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday.