HOUSTON -- The Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park featured six schools from the Lone Star State playing three games each over three days. By coming from behind to beat Sam Houston State, 3-2, on the final day of play on Sunday, the Texas Longhorns were the only team to win all three of their games.
"We're Texas. That's who we are," said Texas first baseman Kacy Clemens, who had two hits and whose seventh-inning single tied the game at 2. "This is our state and that's how we play.
"That's how we're going to try to play this whole year, keep grinding out ballgames. When we're not playing our best games, it's good to come out and win close ballgames."
Texas (9-3), which scored its runs late, won with solid pitching and clutch hitting. Freshman Morgan Cooper (1-0), the last of three Longhorns pitchers, threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings. The right-hander stymied the Bearkats, who scored their two runs in the first inning off starter Lukas Schiraldi.
"They stayed with their short game, and eventually it's the reason why they won," said Sam Houston State head coach David Pierce. "Morgan Cooper was outstanding, kept us off balance. I credit Morgan and Texas for doing their thing and being in the game."
The deciding run was unearned. Jacob Felts led off the top of the eighth inning and reached second on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Carter Burgess. Felts scored on a sacrifice fly by Collin Shaw, who had two of Texas' 10 hits.
Jason Simms (0-1), the fourth of six pitchers for Sam Houston State (10-2) took the loss. Sam Houston State opened the classic with wins over TCU (9-4) and Texas Tech (10-6).
The Bearkats took a 2-0 lead in the first, with the first two hitters, Colt Atwood -- who had three of the Bearkats' eight hits -- and Ryan O'Hearn, scoring. Shaw and Mark Payton scored in the seventh inning for the Longhorns, who stranded seven runners over the first three innings and 14 for the game.
"We weren't connected in the first couple of innings, and this is a very good team, Sam Houston [State]," said Texas head coach Augie Garrido. "And they're very experienced. They have good players and they [have] got a lot of confidence. But our pitchers did an outstanding job."
The Bearkats had runners in scoring position the final two innings, but were unable to score. In the eighth, Burgess was left at third after a two-out triple. In the ninth, Luke Plucheck was stranded at second base.
TCU defeats Houston in final College Classic tilt
HOUSTON -- TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle isn't overly excited about his team's offensive production. He does like his pitching, and the staff delivered on Sunday.
In the last of nine games over three days of the 2014 Houston College Classic, the Horned Frogs defeated Houston, 2-1, on Sunday at Minute Maid Park. The loss was the Cougars' second straight after opening the season with eight consecutive wins.
"We tend to get guys on base and don't get them in," said Schlossnagle. "I'm not impressed yet with our offense. We still have a ways to go."
TCU (7-4), which out-hit Houston, 7-5, scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Cody Jones singled in Keaton Jones. In the third inning, Keaton Jones scored in a rundown.
Houston scored its run in the fifth inning, with Caleb Barker coming home on Ashford Fulmer's two-out double off starter Tyler Alexander, who was effective in his 4 2/3 innings.
"He was much better with his fastball command today," said Schlossnagle. "I told him one of the downfalls of being the Sunday starter on our pitching staff is when [Brandon] Finnegan and [Preston] Morrison do what they're capable of, I got to rest the bullpen.
"With our offense the way it is, I'm going to have a quick hook."
Alex Young (1-0) earned the win, pitching 2 2/3 innings in relief of Alexander, who allowed only three hits. Riley Ferrell pitched 1 2/3 innings for the save. Jared Robinson (1-1) took the loss in relief of Cougars starter Jared West, who allowed one unearned run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Cody Jones and Kyle Bacak had two hits each for TCU. Frankie Ratcliff had two hits to pace the Cougars, who committed three errors.
Sadberry, Texas Tech top Rice in College Classic
HOUSTON -- Texas Tech managed only two hits on Sunday against three Rice pitchers. However, the Red Raiders did pull out a win. The victory was their first in the 2014 Houston College Classic in three games and their first over the Owls since 1996.
The Red Raiders took advantage of a five-walk, two-run third inning to slip past the Owls, 2-1, at Minute Maid Park. On Friday and Saturday, Texas Tech lost to Houston (9-0) and Sam Houston State (10-6), respectively.
"We had a pretty tough weekend," said Texas Tech pitcher Chris Sadberry, who was dominant on Sunday. He had to be with the Red Raiders (9-3) struggling to get hits.
The left-handed Sadberry allowed only an unearned run and five hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Ryan Moseley finished the final 1 1/3 innings and got a big strikeout in the eighth inning. Moseley came in to face Michael Aquino with two runners on, and he struck out Aquino swinging to end the threat and the inning.
Sadberry (2-0) wasn't getting many strikeouts, but he was getting outs, lowering his ERA to 1.76.
"He had command of three pitches with good stuff on both sides of the plate," said Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock. "That was the difference with him compared to our other two starters [over the weekend].
"He's a competitor and gives us a chance every week."
Rice starter Jon Duplantier (0-1) lasted only 2 2/3 innings. He issued five free passes in the third, walking Alec Humphreys and Anthony Lyons consecutively with the bases loaded. Ryan Long opened the bottom of the first with a single. The Red Raiders' other hit didn't come until Eric Gutierrez's two-out double in the seventh inning.
Rice (7-5), which got seven hits, two from Shane Hoelscher, scored in the seventh. Skyler Ewing crossed home on John Clay Reeves' single.
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.