Baseball Earns Shutout Win Behind Lantrip's Gem
May 6, 2014
HOUSTON - A career night on the mound for freshman Andrew Lantrip and several two-out RBI hits lifted No. 13 Houston Baseball to a 6-0 shutout win over Prairie View A&M, at Cougar Field on Tuesday to wrap up the home portion of the 2014 schedule.
With the win, Houston improved to 36-13 overall and 25-8 at home, as the 25 wins mark the most wins ever at Cougar Field - since its existence in 1995.
The shutout was the eighth for Houston pitching and first since a 1-0 win over Texas Southern back on March 19 at Cougar Field. The last time the Cougars posted at least eight shutouts in a season was back in 2002 with eight.
Freshman Andrew Lantrip (7.0,2,0,0,0,10) was stellar in just his second career start as a Cougar, striking out a career-high 10 Panthers, while allowing just two base hits in the career-long 7.0-inning gem. He threw just 63 pitches through 7.0 complete without walking a hitter and retired the first six hitters he faced in the game - which included striking out the side in the second inning.
With the dynamic performance in his 10th appearance of the year, he improved to 4-0.
Sophomore Jared West (2.0,2,0,0,0,3) fanned three and allowed two hits in 2.0 innings out of the pen to preserve the Cougars' shutout victory.
Houston out hit Prairie View A&M, 9-4, led by three Cougars with a multi-hit game.
Senior Caleb Barker went 2-or-3 with a run scored and two, two-out RBI to put Houston up 2-0 early. Joining the Keller, Texas native with two base hits was senior Casey Grayson (2x4, RBI), who extended his on-base streak to 22 games, while junior Michael Pyeatt (2x4, RBI) added two hits and an RBI.
Sophomore Justin Montemayor (1x4, RBI) singled and drove in a run, while senior Jacob Lueneburg (1x2, 2 R, 2 BB), sophomore Josh Vidales (1x2, 2 R, BB) contributed with hits, while senior Frankie Ratcliff (0x4, R, RBI) drew a bases-loaded walk to plate a run.
Houston used a two-out, RBI-double off the left field wall by Barker in the second inning to put the Cougars ahead, 1-0, scoring Vidales - who reached on an infield single and stole second.
With Lantrip cruising, the Cougars padded their lead in the fourth with another run on an RBI-single off the bat of Barker, scoring Lueneburg - who opened the inning with a single and moved up a base on a fielding error.
A four-run sixth was enough to make it a six-run game and put the Panthers out of reach of the Cougars. A four-walk inning and two key, two-out RBI singles by Grayson and Montemayor made it 6-0.
Prairie View stranded four base runners, but never threatened other than a two-out single up the middle in the fourth as the Panthers attempted to run on sophomore Ashford Fulmer in centerfield, but a laser from Fulmer to Barker at the plate kept Prairie View A&M off the board.
Panther starter Chadd Flick (5.1,7,4,3,3,2) allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 5.1 innings in the loss, falling to 1-5 on the year.
On setting a Cougar Field record with 25 wins