CINCINNATI, Ohio -- For the second straight day, a Houston Baseball freshman starting pitcher shined as Trey Cumbie was impressive in his second start of the week, leading the Cougars to a 4-0 win at Cincinnati to clinch the American Athletic Conference weekend series on Sunday.
With the win, the Cougars moved to 31-20 on the year and evened their conference record to 10-10 heading into the final three games with Tulane next week. The series win was the ninth weekend series victory for the team this season.
Houston will face Rice on Tuesday at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas for the Silver Glove Series finale. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. The Cougars then will return home to host Tulane in the final American Athletic Conference series.
Cumbie (5.2,4,0,0,3,4) made his second start of the week after earning a shutout win over Rice on the road last Tuesday. The Lufkin, Texas native was equally impressive in Sunday's start -- going 5.2 shutout innings, surrendering just four hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
On the week, Cumbie finished with 13.2 shutout innings, allowing just nine hits and four walks with nine strikeouts in the two wins.
With today's victory, Cumbie moves to 4-2 on the year.
Reliever Bubba Maxwell (3.1,3,0,0,0,4) took over for Cumbie in the sixth with two base runners on following back-to-back walks, but Maxwell shut the Bearcats down with a strikeout and went on to fan the side in the seventh to keep the score 4-0 in favor of the Cougars.
Maxwell finished the game with four strikeouts in 3.1 innings without surrendering a run for his third save of the year.
Houston jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a three-hit second inning, highlighted by Vidales' two-run single. Sophomore Corey Julks opened the inning with an infield single and with one out, Wong doubled off the right center wall, moving the runners up to second and third for Vidales.
Cumbie continued to roll as he managed to keep the Bearcats off the board despite a few base knocks.
The Cougars added to their lead with a run in the third when senior Michael Pyeatt came around to score on a balk call after reaching on a single.
Taylor led off the fifth with a single -- his second hit of the day and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Davis to make it 4-0.
Cincinnati starter David Orndorff (2.2,6,3,3,0,0) suffered the loss, falling to 3-4 on the year after allowing three runs on six hits in 2.2 innings.
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