TCU Dismantles Houston’s Pitching in College Classic Finale
Having lost its last two games, the Houston Cougars sought redemption the final game of the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic against the TCU Horned Frogs at Minute Maid Park Sunday afternoon.
After suffering defeats to SEC’s Arkansas and Big 12’s Texas Tech, Houston turned to SP Milch Ullom to lead them to victory.
Ullom, a former All-District MVP from Sweeny High School, appeared to have no problem holding the Horned Frogs at bay for the first two innings.
Unfortunately for the former MVP, TCU proved too much for Ullom as the Horned Frogs leaped on him from the start of the third inning.
TCU’s Mason Hesse managed to hit for a double with a 1-2 count. He then moved to third after Ullom couldn’t follow up on a bunt.
With runners on the corners, Ullom wasn’t able to focus on the plate as he threw a couple of wild pitches and allowed TCU to score the first run of the game.
Houston’s misfortunes continued to worsen when TCU followed up with a bomb by Josh Watson, a 3-run homerun for a 5-0 lead on the Cougars.
Houston’s coaching staff ended up pulling the plug on Ullom, replacing the freshman with junior Bubba Maxwell.
Ullom recorded a total of five runs, six hits, three strikeouts and one walk during his 2.2 inning tenure.
The Cougars had an opportunity to close the gap at the bottom of the fifth when they loaded all the bases, but only managed to score one run.
The Horned Frogs’ momentum didn’t seem to slow down as TCU continued to hit for bases no matter who pitched for the Cougars, scoring four more runs in the sixth inning to extend their lead.
The Cougars were helpless against the Horned Frogs for the remainder of the game, allowing TCU to take home the victory against their former Southwestern Conference rival.
With its 3 losses at the College Classic, not only do the Cougars end up with a 4-3 overall record, they also face being dropped from their ninth seat in the ranking.
Houston looks to recover from the weekend before facing the UTSA Roadrunners at home on Tuesday evening.