Frankie Ratcliff tallies three hits and scores a run
May 24, 2013
HOUSTON – University of Houston Baseball dropped a 4-2 contest to No. 2-seed Southern Miss on Friday afternoon at Reckling Park in Game 2 of the C-USA Championship.
Win: Jake Drehoff (5-5)
Loss: Daniel Poncedeleon (7-5)
Save: A.J. Glasshof (1)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
8 Eight of the nine Houston starters had a hit in the game.
16 Sophomore>Michael Pyeatt extended his on-base streak to 16 straight games with his single today.
16 With his 3-for-4 day at the plate junior shortstop>Frankie Ratcliff now has 16 multi-hit games on the season.
With the loss, Houston fell to 36-21 on the year and 1-1 in the C-USA Championship and is mathematically eliminated from participating in Sunday’s Championship game due to Southern Miss’ win and higher seed in the tournament.
Despite the loss, the Cougars still have a chance to receive an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament next week with the selection show announce the field of 64 on Monday at 11 a.m. CT.
Houston out hit Southern Miss, 12-10, as juniors>Frankie Ratcliff (3x4, R) and>Jonathan Davis (3x4) each recorded three hits.
Eight of the Cougars’ nine starters had a hit as sophomore>Michael Pyeatt (1x4, RBI) drove in a run with his single as he extended his on-base streak to 16 straight games. Other Cougars picking up hits were freshmen Josh Vidales (1x5), Justin Montemayor (1x4), junior>Caleb Barker (1x4, R), freshman Jacob Campbell (1x4) and junior Landon Appling (1x4).
Southern Miss grabbed a 2-0 lead after two innings on two hits. Despite being held scoreless in the first three innings, the Cougars plated two in the fourth to tie the game following two defensive miscues by the Golden Eagles.
Ratcliff opened the frame with a single up the middle, moved up a base an error and scored on a ball throw into the Houston dugout. Pyeatt would come up and plate Barker from third on his two-out single into left field.
A 2-2 stalemate stood until Southern Miss struck for two more runs in the seventh on four hits to regain a 4-2 lead. The Cougars made it interesting in the latter half of the seventh with its first two hitters in Campbell and Davis reaching base on singles, but a strikeout and a 265 putout at third put Houston in a hole.
The Cougars stranded eight base runners in the loss, while several runners were out at third base on aggressive base running. Southern Miss turned four double plays in the game.
Houston starter Daniel Poncedeleon (6.2,7,4,4,3,1) suffered the loss, falling to 7-5 on the year after allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks with one strikeout in 6.2 innings of work.
Junior>Chase Wellbrock (2.1,2,0,0,0,3) struck out three and allowed just two walks in 2.1 innings of relief.
Southern Miss starter Jake Drehoff (6.0,8,2,0,1,4) earned the win after allowing no earned runs on eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work to improve to 5-5 on the year.
Houston Head Coach Todd Whitting
“We just didn’t play very well today. We played really hard, but one thing about this club is they never quit playing. We put pressure on Southern Miss every inning. (Daniel Poncedeloen) Ponce settled in and gave us a chance to win. The number of hits, and number of runs didn’t match up for us today. They played hard, and we did not play very good, and I don’t expect us to play like that tomorrow.”
On Southern Miss’ defensive play
“When you turn four double plays you’re giving yourself a great chance to win. We did things today that we didn’t do all year long. It’s a bad time to do it, but that’s the way it goes.”
On Southern Miss scoring two runs late
“Well we had two outs and nobody on, and we thought we had the guy punched out. It didn’t go that way for us, and they ended up scoring a couple runs after that.”
On the game tomorrow against Tulane
“It’s a big game for us, because we’re still in the mix for a NCAA regional bid. If things work out for us the rest of this tournament and we get to win number 37 I don’t see a reason why we don’t go. We have a regional type ball club we have a really young, but good team.”
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Houston will face Tulane at 3 p.m. Saturday at Reckling Park to wrap up the 2013 C-USA Championship with hopes of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional tournament next week at selected sites.