May 11, 2013
HOUSTON - Behind a 14-hit effort and solid pitching with 11 strikeouts, Houston Baseball came away with a convincing 11-2 win over UAB on Saturday afternoon at Cougar Field to even the weekend series.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
8 With his third inning double, freshman Justin Montemayor extends his current hit streak to eight straight games.
19 With his first inning single, freshman Kyle Survance extended his consecutive games of reaching base safely streak to 19.
23 Junior Landon Appling's seventh-inning triple marked the 23rd triple of the season for the Cougars, now just four shy of tying the single-season record set back in 1990.
46 Freshman Josh Vidales walked twice for the 46th walk of the season and is just four walks away from tying the all-time freshman walk record of 50 set back in 2001 by Cougar great Michael Bourn.
The nine-run win marked the 20th home victory of 2013 as the Cougars improved to 32-19 and 10-10 in Conference USA play, while UAB fell to 19-32 and 5-15 in league play.
Houston racked up five extra base hits for 14 total en route to scoring in six of its eight offensive innings, four of which were multi-run efforts. Every Cougar who tallied a hit also drove in a run.
A career-day by freshman Kyle Survance (4x5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led to four hits, while tallying two runs scored and two RBI. With his first inning single, Survance extended his streak of reaching base to 19 straight games.
Junior Frankie Ratcliff (3x5, 2 R, RBI) produced a three-hit day, while recording an RBI and scoring two runs. Freshman Justin Montemayor (2x4, R, RBI) extended his hit streak to eight straight games with his third-inning double as the first baseman recorded yet another multi-hit game, while driving in a run and scoring a run.
Junior Landon Appling (2x3, 2 R, RBI) tripled and singled, while plating a run and scoring twice. Fellow junior Caleb Barker (1x4, R, 2 RBI, SF) drove in two on his double and sacrifice fly, while freshman Jacob Campbell (1x4, R, RBI) belted his third homerun of the year and second in the last three games and sophomore Michael Pyeatt (1x4, RBI) picked up an RBI with a base hit.
Senior starter Austin Pruitt (6.0,8,2,1,1,7) pitched his 13th consecutive quality start, earning his eighth win as a Cougar to improve to 8-5, allowing just one earned run on eight hits and one walk in 6.0 innings with seven strikeouts. Of the seven punchouts, six were caught looking.
Junior Tyler Ford (3.0,0,0,0,0,4) worked his most effective relief outing of the year, tossing 3.0 hitless innings with four strikeouts and no walks for the save, his second of the season.
The scoring gates opened in the first when Houston rattled off three runs on two hits and scored on a squeeze bunt, wild pitch and balk.
Campbell led off the second with a solo shot to left field for his third homerun of the season to put the Cougars up 4-0 through two. A two-run fourth followed as Houston strung together three hits and a walk as Survance and Ratcliff notched two-out RBI-singles, while Vidales continued to chase the all-time freshman walk record with another base on balls for 46 this season - four shy of Michael Bourn's 2001 record.
UAB jumped on board with runs in back-to-back innings to make it a 6-2 game in the sixth before the Cougars added to their lead when Survance continued his hot-hitting with his second two-out RBI hit on a double into left center.
Montemayor opened the seventh with a leadoff single, moved up a base on a groundout and scored on a Barker double down the left field line. With two outs and Barker at second, Appling drove a deep ball into centerfield for a stand up RBI-triple, his second of the year and the team's 23rd - four shy of the single-season record, set back in 1990.
Ahead by seven heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Cougars didn't let up as Survance and Ratcliff each singled to open the frame, followed by a junior Jonathan Davis hit-by-pitch to load the bases. With one out following a flyout, Pyeatt singled to plate Survance and Barker followed with a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the game.
UAB starter Sam Kelley (5.0,7,6,4,3,2) was tagged with the loss, falling to 3-7 after allowing four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 5.0 innings of work.
HEAD COACH Todd Whitting
Thoughts on the game
"We played a complete game today. We had double-digit hits and double-digit runs in the game. (Austin) Pruitt pitched well today, and Tyler Ford was lights out from the pen. When this team shows up to play, and comes out with energy and effort, we are a really good team. That's been the bump in the road this season, we think we can just roll up and win. That's not the case. There are too many good teams in this league. You have to show up everyday and hopefully we learned our lesson from last night, and come out ready tomorrow."
Thoughts on the win
"Today we came out to start the game the way we wanted too. We were able to play good defense, and hit with runners on base, which was big for us. Today at the plate, I wasn't trying to do too much but put the bat on the ball."
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Houston and UAB will wrap up the weekend series at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cougar Field. Come out and help us celebrate Mother's Day at the Ballpark and watch Cougar mothers throw out the game's first pitch.