SUGAR LAND - Houston Baseball freshmen Carter Henry, Brayson Hurdsman and Nick Slaughter sparked a come-from-behind win as the Cougars scored six unanswered runs to beat Rice, 6-5, in Sugar Land at Constellation Field Friday in the Silver Glove Series finale.
Henry tossed 7.1 gutsy innings in his fourth start, while Hurdsman slammed the door for 1.2 shutout frames for the win. Slaughter came up big with three RBI on two hits, including a two-out, two-run single to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth.
With the win, the Cougars move to 31-17 on the year, while Rice fell to 22-27 overall.
ALL-SILVER GLOVE SERIES TEAM
C: Dominic DiCaprio, Rice
OF: Dayne Wunderlich, Rice
3B: Dane Myers, Rice
SS: Ford Proctor, Rice
P: Kendal Jefferies, Rice
OF: Charlie Warren, Rice * Most Outstanding Player
Houston will travel to New Orleans, La. to take on American Athletic Conference foe Tulane in a three-game series, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series will continue at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS Sports Network and wrap at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Nick Slaughter led the offensive attack, which produced 12 hits on the night, with his 2-for-4 effort, driving in three of the Cougars’ six runs. Connor Wong, Joe Davis and Jake Scheiner each had a two-hit night, while Scheiner and John Grimsley each had an RBI.
Freshman Carter Henry made his fourth start of his young career and produced one of the gutsiest starts of the year. After allowing five runs in the first inning, the righty settled in and retired Rice over the next 6.1 innings of work. Henry finished the game, surrendering just five runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Henry handed the ball over to fellow freshman teammate Brayson Hursdman, who was lights out in the 1.2 innings he worked, fanning one and not allowing a hit or run for the win. With the victory, Hurdsman improved to 3-2 on the year.
1st | Rice jumps out to a 5-0 lead on five hits in the top of the first inning, highlighted by two extra-base hits.
The Cougars responded with a run of their own in the latter half as Grayson Padgett reached on a strikeout-throwing error, moved to third on a single by Davis and scored on a single by Scheiner.
2nd | After holding Rice scoreless in the top of the second, Houston added another run of its own sparked by a leadoff single by Jared Triolo - who managed to move to third on a double by Hollis and score on an RBI-groundout by John Grimsley. The scoring continued as Hollis was plated on an RBI-groundout by Slaughter to make it a 5-3 game in favor of Rice.
6th | Houston uses a two-out, two-run single by Slaughter to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Julks and Triolo, who singled and walked, respectively.
8th | The Cougars found a way to break open the 5-5 tie with a late run in the eighth when Slaughter reached via the two-out single. A throwing error moved him up a base forcing head coach Todd Whitting to replace Slaughter with pinch runner Landon Etzel. After an intentional walk to Wong, Etzel came around to score on a missed played ball off Padgett’s bat that found its way between the third baseman and shortstop for an error.
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