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HOUSTON, TEXAS (February 28, 2014) Pitching 8.2 innings of baseball, Houston Cougars starting pitcher Aaron Garza held Texas Tech scoreless as the Cougars downed Texas Tech by the score of 9-0 in the first game of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Friday, February 28, 2014.
The Cougars scored in the first inning on a double by first baseman Casey Grayson, sending shortstop Frankie Ratcliff home from second.
After five innings of scoreless baseball, Houston exploded in the seventh inning, scoring eight runs on four hits to close the door on Texas Tech.
Third baseman Jacob Lueneburg was three-of-four at the plate, scoring one run and three RBI.
Kyle Servance, Ratcliff and Grayson all connected for two hits each while Ashford Fulmer tallied one hit.Garza, who was crediting with the win, faced 33 batters and threw 115 pitches; finishing the game with a 0.41 ERA.
He gave up six hits while struck out seven and receiving his third win of the season.
Dominic Moreno received the loss for Texas Tech giving up one run on five hits.
Dalton Brown and Matt Custard, pitching in relief, gave up four runs and three run respectively, with Custard’s ERA raising to 67.60.
The Cougars raised their record to 9-0 and will face the Texas Longhorns at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Texas Tech, which fell to 8-3 on season, will play Rice on Saturday, March 1, with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.
Rounding out the first day of play the Houston College Classic; Sam Houston State faces TCU at 3:35 p.m. while Rice plays Texas at 7:05 p.m.
Texas Tech is currently ranked No. 26 in the Baseball America poll, while Rice is ranked No. 10, Texas is No. 15 and TCU is No. 12.
The Houston College Classic continues through Sunday, March 2.