Apr 30, 2013 11:54 PM by UL Sports Information
HOUSTON - The Houston bullpen matched the Ragin' Cajuns bullpen over the final four innings to make an early six-run lead stand here Tuesday evening in a 6-4 victory at Cougar Field.
Houston (28-17) registered three-run innings in the first and third inning to lay claim to a 6-0 advantage.
Relievers Cord Cockrell, Ben Frith, Kendall Mayer and Matt Hicks tossed a combined 5 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball while Louisiana (31-15) chipped away, eventually cutting the Cougars lead to 6-4.
UH relievers Ryan Vruggink and Chase Wellbrock tossed a combined four scoreless innings - the final three by Wellbrock for the save - to protect the advantage.
The Cajuns return home to M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field to begin the season's final homestand, a six-game stretch that includes series with Arkansas State beginning Friday, May 3 and South Alabama Mother's Day weekend (May 10-12).
Blake Trahan provided the bulk of the Cajuns offense with a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Jonathan Davis topped the Cougars with four RBI, three coming on a first-inning home run.
UH picked up six runs off of Matt Plitt in 2 2/3 innings leading to his first midweek defeat of the season. Jake Lemoine grabbed the win for the Cougars allowing three hits and four runs over five innings.
Cockrell tossed three scoreless innings while the Cajuns began to chip away at the UH lead.
Wellbrock utilized a double play to reach three outs quickly in the UL half of the seventh, then worked around a leadoff double in the eighth inning to maintain the two-run edge.
Tuesday's game served as the Cajuns final midweek contest of 2013. Louisiana finished with an 8-4 mark in midweek contests.
Davis gave the Cougars the lead in their first at bat when he took a 2-2 offering from Plitt with two outs over the left field wall for a three-run home run.
The Cajuns were in position for a quick answer after loading the bases in the second inning. Lemoine won a 12-pitch battle with Conrad, getting a called third strike to end the inning to preserve the lead.
Houston added to its lead in the bottom of the third inning after the first three batters each registered a base hit, setting up the second three-run frame of the night.
A leadoff single by Justin Montemayor was followed by an RBI double from Davis and RBI triple by Michael Pyeatt to advance the lead to 5-0. A sacrifice fly by Caleb Barker added the third run of the frame and increased the lead to 6-0.
Trahan sliced the Cajuns deficit in half in the fourth inning when he launched the three-run home run to end Lemoine's early stranglehold.
Cockrell held the Cajuns deficit at three runs as he pitched scoreless baseball in the fourth and fifth inning.
UL moved a run closer in the top of the sixth, manufacturing a run after a leadoff walk by Seth Harrison. A deep fly ball from Caleb Adams allowed Harrison to move to second base, he then stole third base and scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Dylan Butler.
Mayer notched a pair of strikeouts in the seventh inning to prevent the Cougars from adding to their lead. He struck out Barker looking with runners on second and third to close out the inning and hold the deficit at 6-4.
BASES NOTED: The Cajuns and Cougars met in Houston for the first time since March 2009...The Cougars victory marked the eighth straight time that the home team won in the series...UH increased its all-time series lead to 37-12-1...Blake Trahan posted his fourth home run of the season and his first three-run home run...Trahan's home run marked the ninth straight game the Cajuns homered, a streak that dates back to the FAU series opener (April 19)...Trahan and Dylan Butler both extended their season-best hitting streaks to seven games - the longest active streaks intact...Matt Plitt completed just 2 2/3 innings, marking his shortest midweek start of the season...Both Plitt (Texas City, Texas) and Seth Harrison (Cypress, Texas) were playing within 40 miles of their hometown...Both outs recorded by Ben Frith were strikeouts - the first ending the sixth inning and the second following up a leadoff single in the seventh...Louisiana finished 4-4 on Tuesday...Dylan Butler's RBI groundout in the sixth inning marked the third straight game he's posted an RBI...Butler finished the month of April with 14 RBI...Blake Trahan's three RBI increased his season total to 28, giving Louisiana six batters with at least 28 RBI...The Cajuns were held to four base hits, a season-low (previous low was five at Middle Tennessee on March 24).
Houston 6, Louisiana 4 (Apr 30, 2013 at Houston, Texas)
Louisiana........... 000 301 000 - 4 4 2 (31-15)
Houston............. 303 000 00X - 6 12 0 (28-17)
Pitchers: Louisiana - Plitt, Matt; Cockrell, Cord (3); Frith, Ben (6); Mayer, Kendall (7); Hicks, Matt (8). Houston - Lemoine, Jake; Vruggink, Ryan (6); Wellbrock, Chase (7)
Win-Lemoine, Jake (6-3) Save-Wellbrock, Chase (7) Loss-Plitt, Matt (3-1) T-3:07 A-1197
HR UL - Trahan, Blake (4)
HR HOU - Davis, Jonathan (2)
Weather: 77, partly cldy, S @ 13 MPH
Lemoine faced 1 batter in the 6th
Vruggink faced 1 batter in the 7th
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