Houston Rolls to Game One Win over Cincinnati in American Conference Championship

Trey Crumbie

Photo – Don Miller College Baseball Central

CLEARWATER, FL — University of Houston Freshman southpaw Trey Crumbie yielded just one run over seven solid innings of work and the Cougars scored nine runs on nine on hits to beat the University of Cincinnati 9-1 in Game one of the American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship at Bright House Field in Clearwater.

Crumbie making his fifth start of the season, struck out nine (a career high) and walked one, allowing just five hits on 105 pitches.

Junior closer Nick Hernandez earned his team-leading ninth save of the year relieving Bubba Maxwell in the eighth and escaping a bases-loaded jam.

Cincinnati starter A.J. Olasz allowed four runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings for the loss.

Houston perfectly executed two safety squeeze bunts to score three runs, two of those in the sixth to stretch a 2-1 lead to 4-1, which was all runs the Cougars would need.

Offensively for the Cougars Connor Hollis and Zac Taylor each has three RBI. Taylor had a three-run homer in the ninth.

Cincinnati’s run came in the bottom of the fifth when Ryan Noda’s hit his sixth home run of the season

Houston will face the winner of the (1) Tulane  vs (8) UCF game on Thursday, May 26.

Cincinnati will take on the loser of that game on Wednesday.

Game Notes: 

Houston now site 1-0 in the tournament and still has the one-two punch of Junior ace Andrew Lantrip and Sophomore Seth Romero left to pitch.

Crumbie tossed eight shutout innings in a midweek start against Rice on May 10 and entered the game with an ERA of 1.33.

Houston’s problem all year has not been pitching.

Head Coach Todd Whitting talked of missing opportunities with runners on base, in a pre-game chat, but that was not the case today. The Cougars were 4 for 9 today with runners in scoring position.

Tulane and East Carolina remain the favorites in the tournament, but don’t discount the Cougars making a run at the title.

2016 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

BRIGHT HOUSE FIELD • CLEARWATER, FLA.

Tuesday, May 24 (CBS Sports Network)

Game 1 – No. 5 Houston 9, vs. No. 4 Cincinnati 1

Game 2 – No. 8 UCF (25-31) vs. No. 1 Tulane (37-17)…………………………………………… 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25 (American Digital Network)

Game 3 – No. 7 USF (23-31) vs. No. 2 East Carolina (34-19-1)…………………………… 11 a.m.

Game 4 – No. 6 Memphis (19-37) vs. No. 3 UConn (33-22)………………………………….. 3 p.m.

Game 5 – Cincinnati (26-29-1) vs. Loser of Game 2……………………………………………… 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 26 (American Digital Network)

Game 6 – Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4………………………………………………… 11 a.m.

Game 7 – Houston (34-22) vs. Winner of Game 2………………………………………………… 3 p.m.

Game 8 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4…………………………………………….. 7 p.m.

Friday, May 27 (American Digital Network

Game 9 – Loser of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 5……………………………………………… 11 a.m.

Game 10 – Loser of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 6……………………………………………… 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 28 (American Digital Network)

Game 11 – Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 9…………………………………………. 10 a.m.

Game 12 – Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 10…………………………………………. 1 p.m.

Game 13 – Loser of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 11 (if necessary)…………….. 4:30 p.m.

Game 14 – Loser of Game 12 vs. Winner of Game 12 (if necessary)…………….. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 24 (ESPNews)

Game 15 – Semifinal winners…………………………………………………………………………………. Noon

all times Eastern

 

About the Author

Don Miller
Don is a lifelong baseball fan and that life is getting pretty long. He makes his living at home in New Port Richey, Florida. A Tampa native he served as a fantasy correspondent for ESPN for the Tampa Bay Rays, back when they were called the Devil Rays. He loves college baseball, Tampa sports and follows them both with unrivaled passion. Don is also a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and his work has been featured on a number of baseball, sports, business and financial venues.