HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball took an early lead and never looked back as it earned an 8-0 shutout win over Prairie View A&M on Wednesday night in non-conference action at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With the win, the Cougars moved to 25-18 overall and 19-6 at home. The shut out was also the sixth of the year for the pitching staff and defense.
Houston will return to American Athletic Conference play this weekend when it welcomes Memphis to town for a three-game series at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park. The series is set for Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and will wrap at 1 p.m. Sunday.
TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Connor Wong -- 3-for-5 / R / 2 RBI
Joe Davis -- 2-for-5 / R / RBI
Michael Pyeatt -- 2-for-5
Justin Montemayor -- 0-for-2 / R / RBI / SF
Jose Reyes -- 1-for-2 / R / 2 RBI
Josh Vidales -- 0-for-3 / 2 R / RBI / 2 BB
Corey Julks -- 1-for-4 / R
Connor Hollis -- 1-for-3
Clay Casey -- 0-for-2 / R / RBI / 2 BB
Houston starter John King (6.0,3,0,0,0,1) was dominant, holding Prairie View A&M to no runs on just three hits in 6.0 shutout innings for his fifth win of the year -- improving to 5-3.
Freshmen relievers Tanner Lawson (2.0,1,0,0,1,1) and Nolan Bond (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) combine to throw the final 3.0 innings in shutout fashion, holding the Panthers to just one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.
The Houston offense strung together 10 hits and took advantage of six walks en route to the eight runs scored on the night.
Sophomore Connor Wong kept his on-base streak alive and improved it to 12 straight games with a 3-for-5 performance, one run scored and two RBI.
Houston jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Montemayor and a two-out RBI-double by Wong. Vidales opened the frame with walk No. 130 of his career -- bringing him just three walks shy of the Houston all-time record.
Vidales stole second and moved to third on an error before scoring on a Montemayor sac fly. With two outs in the frame, Reyes singled and later scored from first on an RBI-double by Wong to make it 2-0.
The Cougars tacked on a three-run sixth inning to extend their lead to 5-0 thanks to three free passes, including a pair of bases-loaded walks for RBI for Vidales and Casey. Davis opened the inning with a leadoff single, moved to second on a walk by sophomore Corey Julks and to third on an infield bunt single by sophomore Connor Hollis.
With bases loaded, Vidales drew walk No. 130 of his career for an RBI -- giving Houston the 5-0 lead. Directly after, Casey drew a bases-loaded walk for run No. 4. Following a fielder's choice, Reyes drove in Vidales on a deep fly ball to center field for the sac fly -- giving the Cougars the five-run advantage.
The scoring continued with a three-run eighth inning as Casey opened the frame with a walk, moved to third on an error by the Panthers -- allowing Montemayor to reach. With runners at second and third with no outs, Reyes drove in his second RBI of the day on sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.
Wong then doubled, driving in Montemayor and back-to-back hits by Pyeatt and Davis kept the inning alive as Davis' single into right field made it an 8-0 game.
Prairie View A&M starter Alex Richardson (5.0,6,5,5,4,2) suffered the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year -- after allowing five runs on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On tonight's 8-0 shutout win
"It was a really good night for us coming off of a tough one last night; the offense responded well. We had 10 hits and I thought we hit 20-25 balls hard, we stung a lot of balls and had them fall. Going into the weekend, this will give us a boost of confidence. (John) King, (Tanner) Lawson, and (Nolan) Bond pitched well for us tonight. It was an overall good team win for us tonight."
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Houston Baseball has seven remaining home games at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park this 2016 season and fans can purchase single-game and group tickets by visiting UHCougars.com/tickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Stadium Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m.
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