May 6, 2014
No. 13 HOUSTON
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.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
"I thought (Andrew) Lantrip was outstanding, obviously with the ten punch outs. He kept us in that game early when it was tight, and gave us a chance to extend the lead. Tonight was a great team effort. We had a lot of two-out hits, a lot of two-out RBI, and great pitching. When you do that, you're going to win a lot of games."
On setting a Cougar Field record with 25 wins
"It's great place to play, and our fan base is outstanding. They're loud, and they are very supportive. They have shown up, we've had great crowds all season, even through some shaky weather early in the season. Our kids play well at home, I wish we could play here more, but hopefully we're back here in a couple weeks."
On his night at the plate
"I went up there just trying to work the ball up the middle, and the other way tonight. I've been struggling of late having some inconsistent at-bats as of late, so I wanted to have positive at-bats. Luckily I was able to go up there, and get some good pitches at the plate."
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Houston will be back in action on the road for the next two weekends, beginning with a trip to Storrs, Conn. this weekend to face American Athletic Conference foe, UConn. The series is slated for a double-header on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT and will conclude on Sunday at 10 a.m. CT.