HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball showed well on Opening Night as the No. 20 Cougars used a 14-hit effort and a 12-strikeout performance from ace Seth Romero en route to an 8-1 win over Wake Forest at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With the win, Houston moves to 1-0 on the year, while Wake Forest (1-1) split Friday's contest, earning a win over Nicholls, before falling to Houston.
Saturday: Wake Forest vs. Nicholls State -- 2 pm | Houston vs. Wake Forest - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: Houston vs. Wake Forest - 1 p.m.
- Houston hosted Opening Weekend games for the 12th straight year.
- The Cougars own an 18-1 record under head coach Todd Whitting during Opening Weekends following Friday's win over Wake Forest.
- Houston produced a 14-hit performance and eight of the nine hitters recorded a hit and RBI.
- The top three hitters (Wong, Padgett, Davis) accounted for six of the 14 hits and six of the eight RBI.
Top Offensive Players
Grayson Padgett | 3x5, R, 4 RBI
Lael Lockhart Jr. | 2x4, R, RBI
Joe Davis | 2x5, R, RBI
Connor Hollis | 1x3, R, RBI
Connor Wong | 1x5, R, RBI
Jared Triolo | 2x4, 2 R
Jake Scheiner | 2x3, R
John Grimsley | 1x3, R
Seth Romero | 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K
Aaron Fletcher | 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Starter Seth Romero moved to 1-0 on the year after striking out 12, one shy of his career-high, while allowing just one earned run on five scattered hits with no walks in 6.0 solid innings.
Reliever Aaron Fletcher earned his first save, tossing 3.0 shutout frames with two hits and two strikeouts.
5th | After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the fifth, the Cougars responded with a three-run inning sparked by four hits. With two outs and a runner at second, junior Connor Wong singled in freshman Jared Triolo for the Cougars' first run. Sophomore Grayson Padgett then followed up with a huge RBI-triple to give Houston its first lead before Davis extended the lead with an RBI-double in the Cougars' next at-bat.
6th | Ahead 3-1, Houston's offense didn't let up as it went on to add four more runs in the sixth thanks to RBI hits from freshman Lael Lockhart Jr. and junior Connor Hollis before Padgett continued his hot streak, driving in two more runs on his second hit of the game.
8th | Houston added one more insurance run in the 8th on Padgett's fourth RBI of the game, scoring Hollis after he singled to open the inning.
WAKE FOREST NOTES
Wake Forest tallied seven hits, led by Stuart Fairchild (2x4) and Patrick Frick (2x4) each with two. Starting pitcher Patrick Dunshee fell to 0-1 on the season after being chased after the fifth inning, allowing six runs on nine hits with five strikeouts.
One purchased ticket will grant fans access to both games on Saturday. To purchase tickets, visit uhcougars.com/ticketsor call 713-GO-COOGS. Gates open two hours prior to the first game of the day.
SEASON LONG PROMOTIONS
Along with group options, Houston Baseball has announced three season-long promotions that will be in affect during the 2017 season at home. CLICK HERE for more information.
FRIDAY FRENZY | Every Friday night at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park ($1 popcorn, $2 hot dogs, $3 sodas, $4 beer)
SUNDAY KIDS DAY | Every Sunday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park, kids will be able to run the bases following the game and enjoy postgame autographs
SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE
Single game tickets are on sale at uhcougars.com/tickets. Fans can enjoy a few single game tickets options for the 29 homes games at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park during the 2017 season.
Reserved: $8 / game | General Admission: $5 / game
$2 General Admission tickets | $2 hot dogs
SATURDAY MINI-PLAN & SUNDAY FAMILY PACK
An attractive Saturday Mini Plan and Sunday Family Pack are also available, allowing fans to purchase one mini plan for $25, securing a ticket to every Saturday home game or a Family Pack for Four for just $30 to any Sunday game at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park in 2017.
For just $25, the Saturday Mini Plan guarantees you a seat during all seven Saturday home games, which comes out to a ticket price of $3.57 each. You have the choice between Reserved or General Admission seating for the same price.
To purchase a Saturday Mini Plan deal, CLICK HERE or call our Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS.
The Family Pack features four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and four popcorns to any Sunday home game for $30.
In order to purchase this deal, the purchaser must CLICK HERE use the promo code: FAMILYPACK.
SEASON TICKET INFORMATION | CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
Houston Baseball 2017 season tickets are still on sale as low as $99, and fans are encouraged to secure their ticket to all 29 home games at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park this upcoming season by purchasing today.
Season tickets for 29 regular-season home games at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park are available for $200 for the reserved chairback seating on the lower level of the concourse at the stadium.
For the third straight year, the additional "Reserved 2" seating option for the 2017 season is available as fans can purchase an assigned seat in sections 200, 201 and 202 for $150.
General admission seating will run in sections 203-209 and are available for $99 for the entire season.
The 2017 `30 Ticket Flex Plan' provides 30 general admission tickets that you can use in a variety of ways. You can use all 30 tickets for one game, a ticket for each home game of the season or any combination in-between.
General Admission season tickets start for as low as $99 (30 home games/$3.30 per ticket), while Reserved season tickets start at only $150 (30 home games/$5.00 per ticket).
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