HOUSTON - For the second straight game, No. 3 Houston Baseball had to come-from-behind following a first-inning deficit, but the Cougars responded and closed out an 11-5 win over Texas Southern on Wednesday night at Cougar Field.
With the win, the Cougars won their fourth straight game to improve to 4-0 on the season, while the Tigers fell to 2-3.
Houston tallied a season-high 13 hits in the victory, led by junior Kyle Survance's three base knocks. The Jersey Village, Texas native finished the night 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI, while junior Ashford Fulmer (2x4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and freshman Corey Julks (2x4, 2 RBI) each had two RBI in their multi-hit outing.
Adding to the offensive production and driving in runs on base hits were freshmen Zac Taylor (1x3, 2 R, RBI), Connor Wong (1x3, RBI) and junior Chris Iriart (1x3, 2 R, RBI). Taylor belted his first career homerun - and fifth for the Cougars this season.
Relievers highlighted the night on the bump as senior David Longville (2.2,3,1,1,0,2) went 2.2 innings, allowing just one run on three hits with two strikeouts for his first win of the season and second of his Cougar career.
Senior Taylor Cobb (4.0,1,0,0,2,5) went a career-long 4.0 innings in relief and struck out a career-high five to earn his first career save at Houston.
Down 4-0, the Cougars chipped away and were able to take the lead at 6-5 in the latter half of the fifth and never look back - scoring five runs in the last three innings of offense.
Texas Southern jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first after four free passes and two base hits, but it was the work by the relievers that kept the Tigers off the board until the fifth.
Houston starter Patrick Weigel (0.1,1,4,4,3,1) lasted just one out and faced six hitters, allowing four runs on one hit and three walks. Junior reliever Austin Moore (2.0,2,0,0,2,1) held TSU scoreless in his 2.0 innings of work, scattering two hits and striking out one.
Houston responded in the first inning with a run of its own after Vidales singled and later scored on an Iriart RBI-single to make it a 4-1 game through one frame.
The Cougars made it a one-run game in the fourth with two runs following a two-run triple by Survance, scoring Montemayor and Taylor, who reached on a single and walk, respectively. Down 3-2, Texas Southern would add to its lead with a single run following a three-hit inning.
Houston didn't back down as it scored three runs in the bottom half of the fifth after stringing together two hits and scoring on a Julks RBI-single and a Wong sacrifice fly.
Up now 6-5, the Cougars put together a four-run sixth inning to take a 10-5 lead, led by a two-run single by Fulmer.
Taylor then belted Houston's fifth homerun of the season on a solo shot to left field for his first career long ball to extend the Cougars' lead by six at 11-5.
Texas Southern threw six different pitchers at the Cougars as reliever Devin Konarik (0.1,1,3,2,0,0) suffered the loss, falling to 1-1.
Houston will welcome No. 20 Alabama to Cougar Field this weekend for a three-game series, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. for `Pack the Park' night, which will see the first 250 fans through the gates receiving a Red UH solo cup.
With 31 home games set for 2015 at Cougar Field and a Top 10 nationally-ranked preseason program representing the University of Houston, the Cougars are proud to announce that single-game tickets are now on sale at UHCougars.com/Basetickets.
Along with the online option, fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office at TDECU Stadium Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or can call 713-GO-COOGS.
Houston Baseball will offer variable pricing on its single-game tickets and group rates.
For the first time ever, the pricing breakdown will be determined whether or not you purchase your single-game tickets online vs. at the gate the day of the game as well as whether the Cougars play on a weekday (Monday-Thursday) or weekend (Friday-Sunday).
Weekday: Monday-Thursday; Weekend: Friday-Sunday.
As noted in the table, variable pricing occurs. For weekday (Tuesday nights) online purchases, fans can take in a game, ranging from $5-$7 depending on the choice of seating. If you choose to purchase the day of the game as a Weekday Walk-Up, you will pay roughly $2 more than the online price ($7-$9).
Weekend (Friday-Sunday) online pricing will range from $6-$8 per game, while Weekend Walk-Up pricing the day of the game will run a fan anywhere from $8-$10.
Group rates are also available (as noted in the table). Weekday (Tuesday) and Weekend (Friday-Sunday) pricing occurs. Groups of 10-24 are set at $4-$5 per person, while groups of 25+ are $3-$4 per person.
With single-game tickets available now, Houston Baseball still encourages supporters to become Season Ticket members and enjoy the attractive pricing and rewards that come with up-front purchasing for the entire 2015 season.
WHY ARE SEASON TICKETS MORE ATTRACTIVE?
Season Tickets are as low as $99 for general admission seating and the program offers an Anytime Tickets package that allows fans to use the 31 tickets how they choose (1 per game, multiple per game or all in one game). The Anytime Tickets are only available in general admission seating.
For just $200, you can enjoy reserved chairback seating on the lower level of the concourse at the stadium.
A new additional "Reserved 2" seating option for the 2015 season is also available with an assigned seat in sections 200, 201 and 202 for $150.
If you breakdown the season ticket pricing of $99 General Admission, the pricing of $150 for Reserved 2 or even the pricing of $200 for Reserved 1 (chairback), you are spending less money per game than purchasing single-game tickets.
HOW TO PURCHASE
To purchase tickets in advance, fans must visit the Athletics Ticket Stadium Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or you can call 713-GO-COOGS.
JOIN THE DUGOUT CLUB
Nationally-ranked Houston Baseball would like to encourage those wishing to support the efforts and success of the baseball student-athletes to consider joining the Dugout Club for as low as $25 a month or $300 annually.
For a minimum monthly installment of $25 or a minimum one-time gift of $300, supporters can take advantage of the Pinch Hitter level, which will guarantee an invitation for two to exclusive Dugout Club events and Houston Baseball team apparel.
For a minimum monthly installment of $100 or a minimum one-time gift of $1,000, supporters can take advantage of the Diamond level, which will guarantee batting practice passes for two to any home game, invitation for two to exclusive Dugout Club events and Houston Baseball apparel.
**Cougar Pride points will be applied accordingly.
For more information on joining the Dugout Club, please contact the Houston Baseball office at (713) 743-9396.
For more information regarding Cougar Pride, please call (713) 743-GOUH.
A LOOK AT THE 2015 SCHEDULE
For the ninth consecutive season, Houston will open its slate at Cougar Field, having accumulated a winning record of 14-6, which includes three straight weekend sweeps the past three seasons under Whitting - who will begin his fifth season at the helm.
"I'm really excited about this year's schedule," Whitting said. "It is probably one of the most competitive ones we have made since our staff took over in 2010."
Houston will open the season hosting Minnesota on Feb. 13-15. The Cougars and Gophers will meet for the first time since 1987 as they have met 25 previous times.
The home slate for the Cougars will continue with their third straight weekend series at Cougar Field when it welcomes first-time opponent Columbia for a four-game series, set for Feb. 27-March 1.
"Our fans will have a great opportunity to see us play against great opponents here in our city," Whitting said.
31 home games; 36 in the city of Houston
First seven games of the season played at Cougar Field
19 of first 21 games played in the city of Houston
First five weekends played in city of Houston - four at Cougar Field
Houston will host Opening Weekend for the ninth consecutive season
Cougars are 14-6 all-time during Opening Weekend under Whitting
Cougars have swept the last three Opening Weekend series under Whitting
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