SUGAR LAND, Texas -- No. 19 Houston Baseball scored two runs with two outs in the ninth to overcome a one-run deficit to win, 2-1 over No. 13 Rice to claim the 2015 Silver Glove series at Constellation Field for the second straight year.
The win lifted Houston's overall record to 36-17 on the year and mark the first time since the Silver Glove was established in 1998 that the Cougars won back-to-back series over the Owls after sweeping Rice in three games a year ago.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
0 -- Rice was held hitless in the final 4.2 innings of the game.
1 -- First time ever (since series was established) Cougars win back-to-back season series over the Owls.
1 -- Marshall Kasowksi tossed 2.0 hitless innings in relief to earn his first win as a Cougar.
3 -- Houston had three on the All-Silver Glove Series Team this season.
4 -- Houston's pitching staff held Rice's offense to just four hits.
5 -- Houston has won five of the last six games vs. Rice.
6 -- Houston forced the Rice pitching staff into six walks on the ninth, including the game-winning RBI-walk by Josh Vidales.
16 -- Kyle Survance drew a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to drive in the tying run in the ninth to extend his on-base streak to 16 games.
SILVER GLOVE ALL-SERIES TEAM
Chris Iriart -- Houston
Corey Julks -- Houston
Seth Romero -- Houston
Ford Stainback -- Rice
Grayson Lewis -- Rice
Charlie Warren -- Rice
Kirby Taylor -- Rice
Glenn Otto -- Rice
Connor Teykl -- Rice
Austin Orewiler - Rice
MVP -- Seth Romero, Houston
Houston starter David Longville (4.1,4,1,1,1,2) pitched 4.1 solid innings, allowing just one run on four hits with two strikeouts -- but would leave in the fifth, receiving the no-decision.
The highlight of tonight's 2-1 win came in the performance by the Houston bullpen as freshman Aaron Fletcher (1.0,0,0,0,0,0), junior Patrick Weigel (1.2,0,0,0,1,1) and sophomore Marshall Kasowski (2.0,0,0,0,0,1) combined for 4.2 hitless innings -- which proved to be key down the stretch, holding Rice to just one baserunner in those final frames -- sending the Cougars to bat, down one in the ninth.
The ninth opened with a leadoff walk by freshman Corey Julks. Rice would make a pitching change, bringing in Austin Orweiler, who had fanned 11 in the Owls' previous 11-0 win back in April. Orweiler retired the next two and had Julks at first with two outs and looked to be in control for the save, but juniors Justin Montemayor and Ashford Fulmer would hustle down the line and both force Rice to make defensive plays that fell in favor of the Cougars -- allowing both to reach on consecutive errors to load the bases.
Junior Kyle Survance worked a full count and was then hit-by-the-pitch, allowing Julks to score the tying run with two outs in the ninth. With bases still loaded, junior Josh Vidales worked a four-pitch walk for the game-winning RBI -- giving the Cougars a 2-1 walkoff win to clinch the Silver Glove Series for the second straight year.
Rice broke open a 0-0 stalemate with 1-out RBI-single in the fifth off Longville, while forcing Houston to make a pitching change, bringing in freshman Aaron Fletcher, who would retire the next two to strand Owls on all bases. That one run would be all Rice would score the rest of the way.
Houston tallied just three hits on the day, led by Julks (1x3, R), junior Chris Iriart (1x4) and Fulmer (1x3). Survance and Vidales tallied the lone RBI for the Cougars.
Kasowski would earn his first win as a Cougar, improving to 1-0, after tossing 2.0 hitless innings with one strikeout.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
"The pitching was outstanding first and foremost on both sides. Their guys threw really well. A critical point in the game was when they had the bases loaded with one out and only got one run out of it, and our bullpen was able to keep them to one run the rest of the game. The bullpen was magnificent this tonight and Longville was outstanding again this week."
On ninth inning
"The thing I am proud of about the last inning was that, they kicked a couple of balls, but you can force teams to do that by running hard down the line. We were down and out and we hadn't scored the entire game, and we hadn't had any good at-bats, but for guys putting balls in play and running down the line as hard as they can and forcing the action that is what ended up winning the game for us."
On winning the Silver Glove in back-to-back seasons
"It's exciting. Anytime you are playing for a trophy, it's important. You can try to downplay the `Silver Glove,' but it is important to our players, fans and to get it in back-to-back years is an accomplishment."
On the win moving into the final regular-season weekend
"Hopefully this momentum will carry us right into the weekend, we still have another trophy to win this week against a really good UConn team. They are going to come at us with similar arms to what we saw to tonight over the weekend so it is going to be tough. We are not done, we are not finished, we have to keep winning one game at a time."
JUNIOR Kyle Survance
On the ninth-inning rally
"Coach Whitting was getting on to us and we were swinging at pitches over our heads. We started getting selective towards the end and he lost a few pitches here and there. We stayed selective, but we stayed aggressive."
On last plate appearance, drawing a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch
"I screwed up at the plate enough tonight that I would take that."
On the Cougar fans at the game
"We had a lot of fans here, and they had a few as well, but they were never quiet; they were there the entire game."
Houston will wrap up its regular-season this week with its final American Athletic Conference series at home, beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m. vs. UConn. The series will continue on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and wrap on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Saturday's finale will also serve as Senior Day. The program will honor its four departing senior student-athletes in David Longville, Aaron Garza, Jared Robinson and Taylor Cobb during a pregame ceremony.
Following the final home series, Houston will head to the American Athletic Conference Championship in Clearwater, Fla. Official seeds will be released following Saturday's finales.
Single game tickets for the remaining three home games at Cougar Field can be purchased by clicking here: UHCougars.com/Basetickets.
Along with the online option, fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office at TDECU Stadium Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or can call 713-GO-COOGS.
Houston Baseball offers variable pricing on its single-game tickets and group rates.
For the first time ever, the pricing breakdown will be determined whether or not you purchase your single-game tickets online vs. at the gate the day of the game as well as whether the Cougars play on a weekday (Monday-Thursday) or weekend (Friday-Sunday).
Weekday: Monday-Thursday; Weekend: Friday-Sunday.
As noted in the table, variable pricing occurs. For weekday (Tuesday nights) online purchases, fans can take in a game, ranging from $5-$7 depending on the choice of seating. If you choose to purchase the day of the game as a Weekday Walk-Up, you will pay roughly $2 more than the online price ($7-$9).
Weekend (Friday-Sunday) online pricing will range from $6-$8 per game, while Weekend Walk-Up pricing the day of the game will run a fan anywhere from $8-$10.
Group rates are also available (as noted in the table). Weekday (Tuesday) and Weekend (Friday-Sunday) pricing occurs. Groups of 10-24 are set at $4-$5 per person, while groups of 25+ are $3-$4 per person.
HOW TO PURCHASE
To purchase tickets in advance, fans must visit the Athletics Ticket Stadium Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or you can call 713-GO-COOGS.
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