HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball put together one of its best offensive efforts of the year and rode the arm of freshman Trey Cumbie en route to a 10-0 shutout win over No. 13 Rice at Reckling Park Tuesday to even the Silver Glove Series between the two programs and give head coach Todd Whitting his 200th career victory.
With the win, the Cougars moved to 28-19 overall and tallied its seventh shutout of the year. The win tied the series at 1-1 with one game left to play next week in Sugar Land.
The 10-0 win was the most lopsided win for the Cougars over the Owls since an 11-0 win on May 18, 1990 at the SWC Tournament and the shutout was the first since a 3-0 win on Feb. 19, 2014 at Rice.
Houston will welcome Louisiana to Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park on Wednesday with first pitch slated for 5 p.m.
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TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Corey Julks -- 2-for-3 / R / 3 RBI / 3 BB
Josh Vidales -- 3-for-6 / 2 RBI
Connor Wong -- 2-for-4 / 2 R / 2 RBI / 2 BB
Connor Hollis -- 1-for-4 / R / RBI
Zac Taylor -- 1-for-2 / 3 R / 3 BB / SB
Joe Davis -- 1-for-5 / R / RBI / BB
Justin Montemayor -- 1-for-4 / RBI
The all-around balanced effort featured an errorless game by the Cougars, 13 walks offensively and a combined shutout between Cumbie and Bubba Maxwell.
Cumbie (8.0,5,0,0,1,5) shined in his third career start, limiting No. 13 Rice to just five hits, no runs and one walk, while fanning five in 8.0 shutout frames.
With the impressive performance, Cumbie moved to 3-2 on the year and tallied his first ever combined shutout as a Cougar.
The Houston offense used a season-high 13 walks and 12 hits to score 10 runs against the Owls. Every starter reached base.
Sophomore Corey Julks went 2-for-3 with a run, three RBI and three walks. Senior Josh Vidales went 3-for-6 with two RBI and sophomore Connor Wong added a 2-for-4 effort with two runs and two RBI along with two walks.
Also adding an RBI in the win was senior Justin Montemayor (1x4, RBI), freshman Joe Davis (1x5, RBI), and sophomore Connor Hollis (1x4, R, RBI). Leadoff hitter Zac Taylor scored three runs, walked three times and had a hit.
Houston manufactured a run in the top of the second to take the early 1-0 lead. Wong drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a single by Vidales. With runners at the corners, Montemayor plated Wong on a deep sacrifice fly to centerfield.
The Cougars added to their early lead with three runs in the third inning as Taylor opened the inning and scoring threat with a leadoff walk. After two quick outs, Julks extended the inning with a walk and Hollis reached on a catcher's interference. With bases loaded, Wong drove a pitch into right center, scoring a pair to put Houston up 3-0. Vidales then followed with his second hit of the game, scoring Hollis before Wong was thrown out at the plate attempting to score.
Cumbie continued to shine in his third start of the year, holding Rice to just two hits through the first three innings with a pair of strikeouts.
The scoring continued into the fourth as Houston plated three more runs to go ahead 7-0 over Rice. With one out in the frame, junior Jose Reyes and Taylor each singled to put two on for senior Michael Pyeatt, who walked.
Davis scored Reyes on a groundout and Julks came up big two a two-out, two-run single to give the Cougars the seven-run advantage.
Vidales racked up his third hit of the night to drive in Wong -- who reached on an error to open the top of the fifth. With that RBI-double, Houston's lead moved to 8-0.
Houston took advantage of four straight walks in the seventh after two quick outs to plate a bases-loaded walk to make it a 9-0 game. The inning didn't stop there as Hollis drove a ball into right field to plate Casey -- who pinch ran for Pyeatt after a walk -- making it a 10-run game.
Rice starter Zach Esquivel (3.0,4,4,3,3,0) took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year after allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks in 3.0 innings.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On the Cougars
"We've won three in a row and have played better the last couple of weeks. One thing that I know about this team is that they haven't quit. We have got a lot of work to do over the next two weeks, and nobody has quit and nobody has given up on the season. We are not out of the conference race, yet, and we'll need a little bit of help, but we intend to do everything we can to win."
Thoughts on the team's performance
"Our approach tonight was really good. We stood up there and took what they gave us. That is a sign of a good and patient approach. All the guys that they ran out there had good stuff and I'm proud of the overall team effort."
Thoughts on Trey Cumbie's shutout performance
"Trey Cumbie was outstanding. He threw a shutout against a really good Rice team. He showed a lot of poise for a freshman, and that is going to be big for us going forward."
Thoughts on career win No. 200
"It is nice to be here for that many games. Hopefully, I will get 200 more here real quick. Anytime that you do something like that it means you have good people and players around you to help you do those things."
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