Houston pitchers hold off Louisiana-Lafayette

HOUSTON — Jonathan Davis drove in four runs and Houston’s pitching staff held Louisiana-Lafayette’s hot lineup to just four hits as the Cougars grabbed a 6-4 victory Tuesday in the final midweek baseball game for both teams.

The win snapped a six-game skid for Houston (28-17), which improved to 19-7 at Cougar Field.

The Ragin’ Cajuns (31-15) ended a mostly successful April with 12 wins in 19 games.

On Tuesday, Houston freshman Jake Lemoine (6-3) had a career-high seven strikeouts and held ULL to just three hits in five innings.

“That team we beat tonight is the best team we’ve played, by far, all year,” Houston coach Todd Whitting said. “They lead the nation in a couple of offensive categories, and for our pitching staff to hold them to four hits is phenomenal. Great job tonight from Lemoine, (Ryan) Vruggink, and (Chase) Wellbrock. They did an unbelievable job on the mound. Offensively, we had two-out RBIs, and the big home run from (Davis). That’s our team right there, and that’s the way I know we can play. We just have to keep showing up like that every day.”

ULL pitchers Cord Cockrell, Ben Frith, Kendall Mayer and Matt Hicks tossed a combined 5.1 innings of scoreless relief as the Cajuns chipped away, eventually cutting the Cougars’ lead to 6-4.

But they got no closer.

Chase Wellbrock fanned five in his three innings of relief for UH. The right-hander allowed just one hit and didn’t walk a batter en route to his seventh save of the season.

Houston’s offense came alive early. The Cougars pounded out 12 hits, including two from Davis, who doubled and hit his second homer of the year. He also scored two runs, and his four RBIs tied a career high.

Michael Pyeatt had two hits, including his third triple of the year. Blake Trahan provided the bulk of the Cajuns offense with a three-run homer in the fourth inning.

UH picked up six runs off of Matt Plitt in 2.2 innings leading to his first midweek defeat of the season.

Houston added to its early lead in the bottom of the third inning after the first three batters hit safely, setting up the second three-run really of the night.

A leadoff single by Justin Montemayor was followed by an RBI double from Davis and an RBI triple by Pyeatt to advance the lead to 5-0. A sacrifice fly by Caleb Barker increased the lead to 6-0.

Trahan cut the Cajuns deficit in half in the fourth inning when he launched the three-run home run

ULL 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.