Houston, TX — Despite a slow start from Cougars’ ace Andrew Lantrip, the University of Houston was able to come from behind to win their opening round match-up against the Houston Baptist Huskies 6-4.
All four of the Huskies’ runs came in the first two innings. Five straight hits to start the game led to three HBU runs right off the bat. HBU lead-off hitter Zach Nahrir then came up in the second with the final run of the game for the Huskies on a solo home run to left field.
HBU head coach Jared Moon spoke about his lineup after the game, “All in all we couldn’t ask for anything better out of our hitters. We didn’t get a lot of production from the bottom half of the lineup, but I thought we put some good swings on the ball. We were very aggressive early and Lantrip made some adjustments. He started going off-speed early in the count, but I thought we squared the ball up.”
All of the Cougars runs would come in the third inning when Ashford Fulmer, Kyle Survance, and Josh Vidales all singled with one away. After a Chris Iriart strikeout, Jacob Campbell singled through the left side to add another Houston run. With two on and two out, Corey Julks got the big hit of the night; a three run shot well over the left field fence to give the Cougars a 5-4 lead. Connor Wong would add to a run to the lead two hitters later when Ian Rice doubled down the left field line.
The winner on the mound for the Houston Cougars was Andrew Lantrip who pitched a complete game giving up four runs on nine hits and had eight strikeouts. Houston head coach Todd Whitting was asked about his ace after the game and said that even though he struggled early, he believed in his starter, “He struggles early, gives up the four runs in the first two innings, but settled in and from that point forward he was as good as he’s been all year long.”
Matthew McCollough got the loss on the hill for the Huskies in 7.2 innings pitched. He gave up six runs on 10 hits and struck out six Cougar batters.
WP: Andrew Lantrip (9-3)
LP: Matthew McCollough (8-3)