HOUSTON – Two Houston Baptist pitchers limited the ACU Wildcats to just four singles Saturday afternoon as the Huskies tied up their three-game Southland Conference series against ACU at one game apiece with a 3-0 win at Husky Field.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 15-24 overall and 5-9 in the Southland, while the Huskies improve to 19-20 and 8-12. The Wildcats will have a chance to win their second straight Southland Conference series and third overall at 2 p.m. Sunday when the teams wrap up their three-game set.
HBU senior righthander Ryan Lower was dominant on the mound as he scattered four hits and one walk over 123 pitches and eight shutout innings. Lower struck out seven Wildcats as he improved to 5-2 on the season.
The Wildcats only had two runners advance as far as third base in the game, and they left eight runners on base in the game. The only four Wildcats to collect a base hit in the game were Seth Spivey, Brandon Grudzielanek, Emil Litterer and Gunnar Buhner. Litterer reached third base with two outs in the fourth, but was left stranded, and Bunher got to third in the seventh with the score still 1-0, but was left stranded there when Spivey grounded out to end the frame.
The Huskies added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. Josh Martinez led off with a single up the middle, then Thomas Clay blasted a line drive to deep right-centerfield for an RBI triple. CJ Jarvis followed with an RBI single to right to put HBU ahead, 3-0.
ACU starting pitcher Brady Rodriguez also had a strong outing, despite being tagged with the loss and falling to 1-3 on the season. Rodriguez shut out the Huskies for five innings, but eventually ended up allowing three runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. Nick Palacios came on with two outs in the seventh and finished up by retiring all four Huskies he faced.