HOUSTON – Cory Kay went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI, while Houston pitching limited Arkansas to just one run on six hits as the Cougars defeated the fourth-ranked Razorbacks 4-1 on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
Arkansas drops to 10-2 with the loss, while Houston improves to 6-4 with the victory.
and Jake Wise
each had two hits to lead the Arkansas offense. Carver extended his hitting streak to nine games, reaching base three times with two hits and a walk. Wise added two hits in four at bats to record his second straight multi-hit game.
Kay led the Cougars at the plate, hitting his first career homer, driving in a pair of runs and scoring two runs. Chase Jensen added a RBI and two hits.
Houston starter Jordan Lewis picked up the win for Houston, giving up a run on four hits in six innings. Codey Morehouse recorded his first save of the season, throwing three scoreless innings and striking out four.
Arkansas starter Randall Fant
took the loss. Fant gave up three runs on five hits and struck out three in 4.1 innings.
and Brandon Moore
pitched well in relief for the Razorbacks. Lynch struck out three in 2.1 innings, while Moore pitched 1.1 perfect innings, retiring all five batters he faced.
Houston took the lead with a run in the bottom of the third. With one out, Kay hit a solo homer over the left field wall to put the Cougars in front 1-0.
The Cougars stretched the lead to 3-0 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Price Jacobs started the inning with a leadoff double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kendall Stacks. Kay came through with his second RBI hit of the game, singling to drive in Jacobs. A single to right field by Appling advanced Kay to second base. A walk to Jake Runte loaded the bases with one out. After Lynch struck out Lueneburg looking, Jensen reached on an infield single to first to score Kay for the third Houston run.
Arkansas scratched across a run in the top of the seventh. Dominic Ficociello
started the inning with an infield single and moved to second after a walk to Matt Reynolds
. With one out, Wise went to the opposite field and singled to right field to load the bases. Jacob Mahan
was robbed of extra bases after hitting a grounder down the first base line that the first baseman made a diving stop on and flipped to the pitcher to record the out. Ficociello scored on the play to cut the Houston lead to 3-1.
The Cougars got the run back in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Appling walked and Runte singled to put runners at first and second. A fly out to center by Lueneburg advanced Appling to third. Jensen then hit a grounder to short that was bobbled by Carver, allowing Jensen to reach and scoring Appling on the error.
Arkansas was able to get the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but couldn’t push any runs across. With one out, Reynolds singled to left field and Derrick Bleeker
walked to put runners on first and second. A ground out to second by Wise advanced the runners to second and third. Morehouse struck out Mahan to end the game and give Houston the win.
Arkansas closes the weekend on Sunday against No. 21 Texas. First pitch against the Longhorns is set for 11:05 a.m. The Razorbacks are scheduled to start junior right hander DJ Baxendale
(3-0, 2.25), while Texas is projected to start freshman RHP Ricky Jacquez (0-0, 6.43).