SUGAR LAND, Texas -- The Silver Glove Trophy will remain at the University of Houston for the third straight year as the Cougars unleashed an 18-hit effort en route to a 24-6 win over No. 15 Rice on Tuesday evening at Constellation Field in the final game of the 2016 Silver Glove Series.
With the win, Houston moved to 32-20 on the year and earned he series victory with a 2-1 advantage and outscored Rice, 34-6 in the final two games -- which both resulted in wins. Since the Silver Glove Series was officially established in 1998, the three-peat is the first ever and first since a three-peat from 1987-89.
ALL-SILVER GLOVE SERIES TEAM
Connor Wong, OF -- Houston
Justin Montemayor, INF -- Houston
Josh Vidales, INF -- Houston
Corey Julks -- OF -- Houston
Joe Davis, DH -- Houston
Andrew Lantrip, RHP -- Houston
Trey Cumbie, LHP -- Houston
Connor Teykl, INF -- Rice
Charlie Warren, OF -- Rice
Ford Proctor, INF -- Rice
Hunter Kopycinski, C -- Rice
Dane Myers, RHP -- Rice
Most Outstanding Player: Trey Cumbie, Houston
Trey Cumbie finished the Silver Glove Series with a 1-0 record, a total of 12.2 innings, allowing no earned runs on nine hits, one walk and 10 strikeouts. He pitched 8.0 shutout innings in a 10-0 win at Rice on May 10.
Houston will return to action at home this week when it welcomes Tulane to town for the final regular-season American Athletic Conference series. The series is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, continue at 7 p.m. Friday and wrap at 3 p.m. Saturday. The final two games of the series will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.
TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Joe Davis - 3-for-6 / 3 R / 6 RBI / 2B / HR (grand slam, 11)
Connor Wong -- 3-for-5 / 2 R / 3 RBI / HR (5)
Justin Montemayor -- 2-for-3 / 3 R / 2 RBI / HR (4)
Corey Julks -- 2-for-5 / 3 R / 3 RBI / HR (3)
Jacob Campbell -- 2-for-3 / 3 R / 2 RBI
Jose Reyes -- 1-for-5 / 2 R / 2 RBI
The offense exploded for 24 runs on 18 hits and every Cougar had a hit and scored multiple runs in the win. Highlighting the offense were the four home runs belted by freshman Joe Davis (11, Grand Slam), senior Justin Montemayor (4) and sophomores Connor Wong (5) and Corey Julks (4).
Davis led all hitters with six RBI -- four of which came on his first career grand slam. The last time a Cougar had six RBI in a game came last year when Wong tallied six in a win over Memphis on May 23, 2015 in the American Championship.
Davis now leads all players with 50 RBI as a freshman, one shy of the Houston freshman record of 51 -- set by Jayme Sperring in 1998.
Julks (2x5) and Wong (3x5) each drove in three RBI, joined by senior Jacob Campbell, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Senior Justin Montemayor (2x3) and junior Jose Reyes (1x5) each had two RBI to help the offense.
Senior Josh Vidales went 2-for-5 with three runs and an RBI, but earned his 132nd career walk to tie the Houston all-time record.
The offense was the highlight, but the work by the Houston bullpen made the difference down the stretch after Rice tied the game at 6-6 in the sixth inning.
Houston starter John King (5.1,9,6,5,1,1) allowed five earned runs on nine hits and a walk with one strikeout in 5.1 innings, but took the no decision, handing the ball to junior teammate Andrew Lantrip.
Lantrip (1.2,2,0,0,0,2) worked the middle 1.2 innings and didn't surrender a run with two strikeouts to become the pitcher of record and earn the win -- improving to 6-5 on the year.
Junior closer Nick Hernandez (2.0,0,0,0,0,2) struck out two and worked the final two innings for Houston.
Lantrip and Hernandez combined to throw 3.2 shutout innings, allowing the offense to score 18 unanswered runs to close out the 18-run differential. The Cougars managed to plate 10 runs in the eighth inning to blow it open.
King worked around a first inning jam to keep Rice off the board after its leadoff guy reached on a single and the second Owl was hit by a pitch. The defense managed to keep the ball in the infield and keep Rice scoreless.
Rice would use three hits in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead early.
The lead didn't hold for long as Wong drove a one-out pitch into the left field picnic plaza at Constellation Field to tie the game in the fourth inning at 1-1. The home run was the fifth of the year for the sophomore -- second-most on the team behind Davis' 10.
After a hit by pitch and back-to-back walks, Campbell drove in a pair of runs with two outs in the fourth to add to its score and take a 3-1 lead over the Owls. He plated Davis, who was hit and Julks, who walked.
With Houston ahead 3-1, Rice took advantage of a misplayed ball in right field, a walk and sac bunt that set up a two-run inning for the Owls as they managed to tie the game back up in the fifth.
The Cougars made things interesting in the sixth inning when it plated three runs to crack open the 3-3 tie and go ahead 6-3. The inning began with a leadoff single from Julks and with one out, Vidales walked to earn his 132nd career walk -- tying the Houston all-time record with Zac Presley.
The duo of Julks and Vidales advanced bases when Rice made a throwing error, giving the Cougars a 4-3 lead. A wild pitch followed plating Vidales and Montemayor came through with an RBI-single to score Campbell -- who reached on the fielder's choice-error -- to make it 6-3.
Rice wouldn't let down as it used a five-hit sixth inning to score three runs and tie the score back up at 6-6.
King handed the ball to Lantrip -- who was making his first appearance since existing in the first inning of his May 6 start vs. Memphis. He managed to get out of the inning -- keeping Rice to just the three runs after inheriting the base runners.
Houston quickly responded to Rice's three-spot with two runs in the seventh to regain its late lead as Hollis came around to score on a Vidales triple into right center field. With one out, Campbell drove in his third RBI of the day, on a sacrifice fly into centerfield to make it an 8-6 game.
After another Rice pitching change, Montemayor drove the first pitch he saw of his fourth at-bat over the right center wall for his fourth home run of the year -- giving Houston the 9-6 lead.
Houston added to its lead with another run in the eighth when Davis doubled to drive in sophomore Zac Taylor -- who opened the frame with a single -- extending its lead to 10-6. Julks then responded with the Cougars' third home run of the game and his third of the year -- for two more runs to give the Cougars a 12-6 advantage.
The scoring continued and was capped by a five-RBI inning and grand slam by Davis -- his first of his career to put Houston ahead 19-6 in the eighth. The Cougars enjoyed a 10-run inning on seven hits and two home runs.
The ninth inning came along and saw the Cougars score five more runs thanks to three hits and three straight hit by pitches, two of which resulted in a run.
Rice reliever Glenn Otto (1.0,1,2,2,1,0) took the loss, falling to 6-2 on the year. The Owls threw 10 different pitchers at the Cougars.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On tonight's 24-6 win over Rice
"It was a really great effort, we pitched lights out also. [John] King was great tonight, the velocity was good and he had great movement. Then the bullpen guys came in, it was great to see [Andrew] Lantrip come back; it was great to see him come back and pick up right where he left off. [Nick] Hernandez as well pitched well down the stretch too. It was an overall great win, what else can you say, we had a ton of hits and a ton of runs. These are the games that you dream about winning."
On momentum heading into the final week of the regular season
"This win helps. It shows that we are not done playing. Most teams that have been in the position that we have been in for the last month or so would have shut the thing down and stopped playing, but we haven't stopped playing, we haven't stopped working and we haven't stopped coaching. We have the same goals that we had when we started this season."
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