Cougars Drop Road Contest at Temple
May 15, 2014
CAMDEN, N.J. - No. 12 Houston Baseball was never able to find the offensive momentum it needed after giving up an early lead to Temple, falling 4-1 to the Owls on Thursday afternoon in American Athletic Conference play at Campbell's Field in Camden, N.J.
With the loss, the Cougars are now 40-14 overall and 13-9 in league play, while its seven-game win streak was snapped.
Houston's relief pitching was the highlight of the day as junior Matt Locus (1.2,2,0,0,0,1) and sophomore Bubba Maxwell (3.0,1,0,0,1,2) combined to throw 4.2 of shutout baseball after sophomore starter Jake Lemoine (3.1,8,4,3,0,1) went 3.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and one strikeout.
The Cougars made two costly errors in the first inning that led to three Temple runs.
Houston was held to just five hits as sophomore Kyle Survance (1x3), junior Michael Pyeatt (1x4), freshman Connor Hollis (1x3), sophomore Josh Vidales (1x4, R) and sophomore Ashford Fulmer (1x2, RBI). Senior Casey Grayson drew two walks to extend his reaching base streak to 27 straight games.
Temple went up 3-0 in the first inning and added another run in the third and never looked back as the four Owl pitchers combined to allow no earned runs on just five hits in 9.0 complete innings.
Houston threatened in the eighth when it loaded the bases with two outs, following with singles from Survance and Pyeatt and a walk from Grayson, but Temple was able to escape with no harm done.
The Cougars plated its only run in the fifth when Vidales doubled and move up a base on a fielding error by the leftfielder and then came around to score on a Fulmer single into right field.
Temple starter Matt Hockenberry (6.0,3,1,0,1,4) struck out four and allowed just three hits and no earned runs in 6.0 innings of work to earn the win and improve to 5-5 on the year.