Solid Outing By Keith Whatley Sparks 14th Win In Last 16 Games
College Station, TX (April 10) -- The University of Houston baseball team used a career-outing by junior left-hander Keith Whatley to claim a 4-2 non-conference win in front of almost 5,000 fans at Olsen Field Tuesday night in College Station. With the victory the Cougars have now won 14 of the their last 16 games.
Whatley posted the best start of his career in front of the hostile A&M crowd to record his fourth win of the season. The junior from Atlanta, Texas, fired a three-hit shut out for a career-long 6.0 innings. He walked just one batter and tied a career-high with five strikeouts.
He had some offensive help early in the game. Houston jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Gabe Lucas singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and third on a fly ball to the outfield. The Cougars then added a run in the fifth on an RBI gound out by Sean Allen and two more in the top of the sixth.
With two away in the sixth Hyung Cho singled and scored from first base when Chris Klosterman singled and Aggie right fielder Carlos Sepulveda misplayed the bounding ball. The error allowed Klosterman to advance all the way to third base. He then scored on Keith Ahrens second base hit of the night to make the score 4-0.
Texas A&M would not be shut out. After Whatley was relieved by Bryan Harris to start the seventh, the Aggies rallied for a pair of runs on a walk, a single and a two-out pinch-hit triple by Greg Porter. Harris was relieved Nick Torina who worked a scorless eighth inning. With a man on base in the bottom of the ninth, junior right-hander Nathan Mitchell ended the game with a strikeout. He earned his second save of the season.
The Cougars improved to 20-18 with the team's 14th win in its last 16 games. Texas A&M fell to 24-14 on the season.
Houston will next face Conference USA rival Tulane in a three-game weekend series Friday through Sunday, April 13-15. First pitch from Turchin Stadium in New Orleans will be at 6:30 p.m.
College Baseball Linescore Houston 100 012 000 -- 4 9 0 Texas A&M 000 000 200 -- 2 5 1Keith Whatley, Bryan Harris (7), Nick Torina (8), Nathan Mitchell (9) and Chris Snyder. Kyle Parcus, Brian Strelitz (6), Robert Ramsey (9) and Jason Gremminger.
WP- Whatley (4-1). LP - Parcus (1-1). Save- Mitchell (2).
2B-none. 3B- UH: none; A&M: Porter. HR- none.
Time- 2:26. Att- 4,890.
Team Records- Houston 19-18; Texas A&M 24-14.