May 25, 2013
HOUSTON – University of Houston Baseball suffered another heartbreaking loss, falling 3-2, to Tulane to wrap up the C-USA Championship on Saturday at Reckling Park and to end its C-USA campaign as a program.
Win: David Napoli (5-3)
Loss: Jake Lemoine (7-4)
Save: Andrew Garner (6)
NUMBERS OF NOTE
13 The Cougars left 13 runners on base in the game against Tulane.
16 After a two-out single in the first inning, freshman Jake Lemoine settled down to retire the next 16 batters in order.
20 Kyle Survance's stolen base gives him 20 on the season. The last time a Cougar had 20 or more stolen bases was>Landon Appling with 22 in 2011.
49 Josh Vidales walked twice in the ballgame to bring his season total to 49. His total leaves him one shy of the Cougar freshman record of 50 set by Michael Bourn in 2001.
The Cougars fell to 36-22 overall, while Tulane improved to 30-28.
Houston rode the arm of freshman starter Jake Lemoine (6.1,5,3,2,1,3), who put together one of his most productive starts of late, but was tagged with the unfortunate loss, falling to 7-4 in the first collegiate campaign. The righty allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
After allowing two hits in the first inning, Lemoine retired the next 16 Green Wave hitters, and held a 2-0 lead into the seventh, before Tulane broke loose for three runs.
Houston jumped on board with runs in the third and fourth, but would strand 13 baserunners on the afternoon, including back-to-back innings with bases loaded.
The Cougars’ two runs came on an RBI-groundout by Ratcliff, plating Appling in the third, while Davis drove in Barker, who opened the fourth frame with a single.
The Cougars tallied nine hits, led by sophomore>Michael Pyeatt (2x3, BB) and junior Landon Appling’s (2x3, R) two hit-day.
Also recording hits were freshmen Kyle Survance (1x4), Justin Montemayor (1x5), Jacob Campbell (1x3) and juniors>Jonathan Davis (1x4, RBI) and Caleb Barker (1x4, R).
Junior reliever>Chase Wellbrock (2.2,0,0,0,0,2) struck out two and didn’t allow a hit in his 2.2 innings out of the pen.
Houston Head Coach Todd Whitting
“We just didn’t play very good today. It’s now back- to-back days where we left a small army on base. You have to cash in on opportunities. They did, and we made a mistake that gave them the game. I didn’t think they did a whole lot to win the game we gave them the game, and that’s how it goes.”
On Jake Lemoine
“That was the best outing he’s had all year. He was absolutely outstanding today. A couple breaks here and there and we win that game. It just didn’t happen for us today, we didn’t catch any breaks all weekend.”
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The Cougars will now await their postseason fate in hopes for an NCAA at-large bid when the NCAA selection show happens at 11 a.m. CT on Monday.