Strong Pitching Performance Leads No. 21 Houston Over CofC, 8-3
HOUSTON, TX -
Houston’s Aaron Garza tossed a complete game to lead UH over College of Charleston, 8-3, in the first game of the series in the Cougars’ first-ever meeting in program history.
The loss snapped Charleston’s (16-5) three-game winning streak, while No. 21 Houston (17-4) won its second in a row.
Garza (6-0) continued his perfect start to the season with his first complete game of 2014. He allowed three runs on seven hits, while not issuing a walk and striking out six. However, CofC did not rough him up until the eighth and ninth innings when UH had already made a comfortable 8-0 lead.
Five CofC pitchers combined for eight walks and two hit batters as Taylor Clarke (4-2) suffered his second loss of the season in a four-inning start. Clarke allowed five runs, including four in the second inning, and only struck out one batter while walking two.
Houston and CofC both tallied seven hits and suffered one error and the home-town Cougars actually left eight runners on base as opposed to CofC’s five, but it was walks and timely hitting that proved to be the difference.
Houston’s Kyle Survance led the way offensively with three RBIs on two hits. He broke the game open with a three-run double with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning. Justin Montemayor had three RBIs on one hit and a walk.
CofC’s Brandon Glazer hit a two-run homer, his third of the season, in the ninth inning for his second hit of the day. Brandon Murray extended his reached base streak to 18 games with an RBI single that scored Austin Bello in the eighth inning. Blake Butler also had two hits, including a double in the first.
Houston scored four runs in the second inning, using Survance’s bases-loaded double to left field. They then added two-run fifth and sixth innings that proved to be more than enough for Garza. CofC only had one base runner in scoring position through the first seven innings.
Tomorrow’s game, originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, has been moved forward to 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT due to rain in the forecast. Freshman Bailey Ober is slated to make his first start since throwing a complete-game shutout against The Citadel two weeks ago. Houston’s Jake Lemoine will take the bump for the UH Cougars.
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