No. 9 Cougars Fall 5-1 to No. 4 LSU
May 31, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. - No. 9 Houston Baseball dropped its first game of the Baton Rouge Regional on Saturday in a 5-1 fall to No. 4 LSU at Alex Box Stadium and with that the Cougars will face Southeastern Louisiana in an elimination game at 2 p.m. Sunday.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 45-16 on the year and dropped just their third game in the last 15 contests. Houston played its fourth straight errorless baseball game and fifth in last six games.
Houston managed only five hits in the game, but worked SEC Pitcher of the Year Aaron Nola to 104 pitches through just 7.1 innings.
The Cougars were led offensively by junior Michael Pyeatt (1x4, RBI) with the lone RBI for Houston on an RBI-single in the second inning, while seniors Caleb Barker (1x3), Casey Grayson (1x4), Landon Appling (1x2, SB) and sophomore Justin Montemayor (1x4, R) each added a hit with Montemayor scoring the lone run for the Cougars.
Houston starter Jake Lemoine (6.1,10,5,5,4,3) allowed five runs on 10 hits an four walks with three strikeouts, suffering the loss to fall to 6-7 on the season. Out of the pen, junior Matt Locus (1.2,2,0,0,0,1) and sophomore Jared West (1.0,0,0,0,0,0) combined to throw 2.2 shutout innings in relief.
LSU used a leadoff double and an RBI-single in the top of the second to break open the scoreless game and go up 1-0. Lemoine was able to settle in and induce a flyout and two groundouts to strand two Tigers.
After LSU's Aaron Nola struck out the side the first, Montemayor opened the second with a leadoff bunt single down the third base line for the Cougars' first hit of the game. That bunt single set up the Cougars first run, which came on a two-out single by Pyeatt after Montemayor took second and third on back-to-back groundballs to the right side by Hollis and Ratcliff, respectively.
LSU would then use three straight singles in the third to go back up 3-1. The Tigers threatened in the fourth with a leadoff double, but Barker guns down the runner at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt and Lemoine finishes the inning off with a 4-6-3 double play to send the Cougars to bat, trailing 3-1.
Appling reached for the second time on the night with a one-out single, stole second and moved to third on a groundout, but was left stranded in the fifth with the Cougars down two.
LSU adds to its lead in the seventh with back-to-back RBI-singles to go ahead 5-1 as Lemoine was chased after 6.1 innings, handing the ball over to Locus, who worked around the inherited base runners to induce two final flyouts and went on to toss 1.2 scoreless frames for the Cougars before handing the ball over to West in the ninth.
Barker finished the night throwing three out attempting to steal a base.
Nola (7.1,4,1,1,1,7) improved to 11-1 on the year with his seven-strikeout, four-hit, one-run effort for LSU.
Junior Michael Pyeatt
Senior Caleb Barker
On facing LSU pitcher Aaron Nola