Houston Weathers Rain Delay for 2-0 Victory
March 31, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - -
Erik Schoenrock allowed one hit over 6.1 innings, but Houston (23-5, 5-0 C-USA) scratched across two runs after a one hour and eight minute rain delay to defeat Memphis (14-13, 1-4 C-USA) 2-0 in game one of a doubleheader at FedExPark, Sunday.
Josh Vidales hit a leadoff single to leftfield and advanced to second after the ball was misplayed. A groundout moved the runner to third, but Schoenrock escaped the jam with a pair of strikeouts, on called third strike and a strikeout swinging.
For Memphis, Ethan Gross singled up the middle with one out in the first, but a pick-off move to first caught him stealing in a run down as Houston starter Austin Pruitt erased the hit. A two out walk was issued to Bryce Beeler, but Pruitt got a fly out to end the first.
In the third, Memphis had back-to-back one out singles by Ford Wilson and Zach Willis, giving the Tigers an opportunity to take the lead. Pruitt worked out of the jam with a strikeout and fly out to keep the contest scoreless. The Tigers threatened again, with Tubbs leading off the fourth with a single and moving to second on a sacrifice bunt, but a lineout double play ended the inning.
The Tigers put together another threat in the fifth, but Houston got an out at the plate to end the inning. Drew Griffin started it off with an infield single and stole second with one out in the frame. A walk put two on, but a fielder’s choice got the lead runner (Griffin) out at third. Gross then slapped a single through the right side, but Houston right fielder Ashford Fulmer threw out the runner at home to keep the game scoreless.
Schoenrock issued a leadoff walk in the second, but struck out the next three hitters to escape trouble. The junior southpaw then retired 15-straight to enter the seventh inning. A leadoff walk and sacrifice bunt put the potential go-ahead run on second. Following a strike to the next hitter, rain forced a one hour eight minute delay. Schoenrock struck out a career-high 11 batters and struck out the sides in the second and sixth innings.
Following the rain delay, Jon Reed struck out the hitter to leave the runner at second with two outs. But pinch-hitter Kyle Survance singled up the middle to drive in Caleb Barker. The throw from centerfield was on time, but the throw one-hopped the catcher, allowing the run to score. A walk put runners on first and second with two outs and Fulmer singled to left field, plating another run, but Fulmer was thrown out at second to end the frame with the Cougars leading 2-0.
Memphis attempts to salvage a game in the series with the second game of the doubleheader scheduled to begin at approximately 2:15 p.m.