Looking to solidify a spot in the upcoming NCAA tournament, the Houston Cougars turned to former Lufkin Panther Trey Cumbie in the opening game of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
As he has done all throughout a late-season surge, Cumbie came through once again as he allowed just one earned run in seven innings to lead the Cougars to a 9-1 win over the Cincinnati Bearkats.
Cumbie set a career high with nine strikeouts in getting his second in over Cincinnati this season. He allowed five hits and a walk, improving his record to 5-2.
Despite the eventual lopsided score, the Cougars used the arm of Cumbie to keep them in the game throughout a tight game that was broken up late.
Houston scored single runs in the third and fifth innings before Cumbie allowed his only run of the game in the fifth inning. The Cougars added two sixth-inning runs and Cumbie left with Houston holding a 4-1 lead after seven innings.
With the seven-inning effort, Cumbie lowered his ERA to 1.33. In 14 appearances, including five starts, he has allowed 38 hits and nine walks while striking out 41 in 54 1/3 innings. Houston improved to 34-22 on the season and will continue the conference tournament on Thursday afternoon