HOUSTON -- No. 9 Houston Baseball used timely hitting and dominant pitching to earn a 14-1 win over McNeese State on Tuesday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With the victory, the Cougars move to 4-0 on the year and recorded its 397th win at home, while McNeese fell to 2-2 in 2016.
The Cougars will then remain in the city to compete in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic this weekend (Feb. 26-28) at Minute Maid Park vs. Texas Tech (Friday -- 12 pm), Arkansas (Saturday -- 3:30 pm), and TCU (Sunday -- 2:30 pm).
For tickets to the College Classic: www.astros.com/collegeclassic
Listen Live: UHCougars.com/baseradio
Watch Live: ROOT Sports SW or MLB Network or Cox Sports
Friday vs. Texas Tech -- Live on ROOT Sports / Delayed on MLB Network until 1 a.m. CT on Sat., Feb. 27
Saturday vs. Arkansas -- Live on RTSW Alt. 1 / Live on MLB Network
Sunday vs. TCU -- Live on ROOT Sports SW and MLB Network
** All MLB Network games will be blacked out in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico
TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Joe Davis -- 3-for-5 / 2 R / 5 RBI / 2 2B / HR
Clay Casey -- 2-for-4 / 2 R / 2 RBI / HR
Connor Wong -- 2-for-4 / 3 R / RBI
Connor Hollis -- 1-for-5 / 2 R / 2 RBI
Jacob Campbell -- 1-for-4 / 2 R / 2 RBI
Junior Marshall Kasowski (5.0,4,1,0,2,7) tossed a gem in his first start ever as a Cougar, striking out a career-high seven hitters -- allowing an unearned run on four hits with two walks for his first win of the season.
Freshman reliever Tanner Lawson (3.0,1,0,0,0,1) was dominant in his second appearance out of the bullpen this season, tossing 3.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit with one strikeout. Fellow newcomer freshman Nolan Bond (1.0,2,0,0,0,0) took the mound in the ninth -- his first career appearance -- and tossed 1.0 scoreless frame to preserve the 14-1 win for the Cougars.
The offense showed well for the fourth straight game, tallying 13 hits as a unit -- the second straight game with as many base knocks. Of the 13 hits, six were for extra bases -- two home runs -- making that seven through just four games this season.
Freshman Joe Davis continued his offensive prowess, driving in a career-high five RBI on three hits -- a home run and two doubles, while scoring two runs in the effort.
Sophomore Clay Casey went 2-for-4 with two RBI on his second home run of his Cougar career, while also scoring twice. Senior Jacob Campbell (1x4) and sophomore Connor Hollis (1x5) each drove in a pair of RBI. Senior Justin Montemayor and sophomore Connor Wong each had two hits.
Houston jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second after Casey and Montemayor reached on back-to-back, two-out singles. The duo moved up a base on a wild pitch and Casey later came around to score.
McNeese State tied the game in the top of the fourth after consecutive singles and an error led to an RBI-groundout.
Tied at 1-1, Davis used his opposite-field power to drive his first collegiate home run over the right field wall, putting Houston ahead 2-1 in the latter half of the fourth.
Wong extended Houston's lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single through the left side, scoring sophomore Zac Taylor from second.
With the bases loaded after a walk by Campbell, Davis continued his hot-hitting when he cleared the bases with two outs in the frame on a double down the left field line for his fourth RBI of the game. With that double, he scored Wong, Hollis and Campbell for the 6-1 lead.
The Cougars extended their lead with a pair of runs following a two-run single up the middle by Hollis, making it an 8-1 game with one out in the sixth. Hollis plated junior Jose Reyes, who singled and Wong, who doubled.
Houston wrapped up the sixth with another run after a Campbell RBI-groundout, scoring Hollis from third. The Cougars went on to plate five runs in the eighth inning to make it a 14-1 game. Reyes reached on an error to open the inning before Wong walked. With two on and one out, sophomore Corey Julks used a sacrifice fly to plate one before Davis doubled to a rack up his fifth RBI of the game.
Casey would cap the 14 runs with a two-run home run over the left center wall -- his second long ball of his Houston career.
McNeese starter Austin Sanders (4.0,3,4,3,3,3) went 4.0 innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in the loss.
The Cowboys were held to just seven hits and one run -- an unearned run by the Cougar pitching staff.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On tonight's win over McNeese
"I'm really proud of the offense tonight, especially on a tough night to play. Even though the wind is blowing out it was an uncommon win for us. The team did a good job of coming and creating an environment. The dugout was awesome because we put in a ton of energy on a tough night to play. (Marshall) Kasowski, (Tanner) Lawson and (Nolan) Bond all pitched lights out and that was the difference in the game."
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.
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BUY SEASON/ SINGLE-GAME / GROUP TICKETS
Houston Baseball will play 32 home games at Cougar Field this upcoming 2016 season and fans can purchase season tickets for as low as $99 online by visiting UHCougars.com/tickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets in person, fans can 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.
Houston Baseball will offer variable pricing on its single-game tickets and group rates.
As noted in the table above, variable pricing occurs. For weekday (Tuesday/Wednesday) games, prices range from $5-$7 depending on the choice of seating.
Weekend ((Thursday) Friday-Sunday) online pricing will range from $6-$8 per game.
Group rates are also available (as noted in the table). Weekday (Tuesday/Wednesday) and Weekend ((Thursday) Friday-Sunday) pricing occurs. Groups of 10-24 are set at $4-$5 per person, while groups of 25+ are $3-$4 per person.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season baseball home games with a valid student ID.
2016 SCHEDULE QUICK HITS
32 home games; 38 in the city of Houston
First 12 games of the season will be played in the city of Houston
21 of the first 25 games will be played in the city of Houston
18 of the first 25 games will be played at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park
Houston will host Opening Weekend for the 11th consecutive season
Cougars are 14-1 all-time during Opening Weekend under Todd Whitting
Houston to make 16th straight appearance in Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park
Cougars to face Texas Tech, Arkansas and TCU
Cougars own a 20-25 all-time record in tournament; has earned seven wins over Top 30 teams
Houston has three first-time opponents on the schedule: Villanova, Grand Canyon, George Washington
RICE & TEXAS IN SUGAR LAND, TEXAS AT CONSTELLATION FIELD
Houston will meet both Texas (April 12) and Rice (May 17) for non-conference, midweek games at Sugar Land's Constellation Field.
NCAA TOURNAMENT COMPETITION
20 games this season will be played against an NCAA-tournament team from 2015
Arkansas, TCU, Texas Southern, Rice, Texas A&M, East Carolina, Texas, USF, Tulane
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