HOUSTON -- Houston Baseball's Grayson Padgett and Connor Wong combined for six of the 10 hits at the top of the order, as the Cougars earned a 5-4 win over Wake Forest for the Opening Weekend sweep at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park on Sunday.
With the win, the Cougars moved to 3-0 on the year and tallied its third straight 10+ hit game, while the Demon Deacons, out of the ACC, wrapped up the weekend with a 1-3 record.
Houston will welcome cross-town opponent Houston Baptist to Schroeder Park Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
- Houston hosted Opening Weekend games for the 12th straight year.
- The Cougars own a 20-1 record under head coach Todd Whitting during Opening Weekends following Sunday's win.
- The weekend sweep was also the sixth sweep in Whitting's seven seasons during Opening Weekend.
- Houston produced a 10-hit performance with Wong and Padgett each with a three-hit game.
- Pitchers John King, Carter Henry and Brayson Hurdsman combined to allow just one earned run on Sunday.
- Grayson Padgett ups his season average to .750 (9x11) and leads Houston with six RBI through three games.
- Freshman Jordan Monacy picked up his first collegiate hit in his first career start.
Starter John King was impressive in his 2017 debut, allowing no earned runs on three hits in 7.0 innings with one walk and two strikeouts, but unfortunately received the no-decision.
True freshman Brayson Hurdsman entered the game in the eighth and was able to escape a jam, keeping Wake Forest from taking a lead. He went on to toss 2.0 shutout innings in his first collegiate appearance, earning the win out of the bullpen. He fanned two in his debut.
1st | Houston jumped out to an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first thanks to a Wake Forest error, which allowed Wong to reach and later score following a single by Padgett and a groundout by Davis.
2nd | The Cougars continued to take advantage of Wake Forest defensive miscues, plating another run in the second to extend their lead to 2-0. Scheiner led off the frame with a double and came around to score following a flyout by Jared Triolo and an error at shortstop off the bat of Monacy.
3rd | Houston made it a 3-0 game in the third after Wong led off the inning with a walk, moved to second on a groundout and to third on a Davis single, later scoring off a sacrifice fly by Scheiner.
4th | Wake Forest plated two runs in the top half of the 4th inning, but back-to-back, two-out singles led to another Houston run in the fourth as Monacy scored (after his single) on an RBI-single by Padgett to make it a 4-2 game.
8th | After Wake Forest tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the eighth, Houston, once again, rebounded and plated the go-ahead and eventual game-winner. With two outs, Wong singled, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error before Padgett continued his tear, driving in Wong on an RBI-double to put the Cougars up 5-4.
WAKE FOREST NOTES
Wake Forest wrapped up its weekend with a 1-3 record with its lone win over Nicholls and two losses to Houston. In Sunday's finale, the Demon Deacons were led offensively by Jonathan Pryor's two hits and RBI. Reliever Drew Loepprich suffered the loss, after allowing one run on two hits in 1.0 inning of work.
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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.
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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