SAN MARCOS, Texas - A five-run fifth inning was not enough for Houston Baseball as it fell 7-6 at Texas State on Wednesday evening in midweek action at Bobcat Ballpark in San Marcos, Texas.
The Cougars fell into a 6-0 hole after four innings and weren't able to match Texas State's scoring efforts as Houston moved to 6-2 on the year with its first road loss of the season.
Houston tallied 10 hits, five of which came in the five-run fifth and two in the ninth, which saw the Cougars make a rally, plating one, but finished one run shy of forcing a latter half of the ninth.
The Cougars, offensively, had three players tally two RBI each, led by Kyle Survance (2x4, 2 R, 2 RBI) with a two-run triple and double for two of Houston's three extra base hits on the night. Junior Chris Iriart (3x4, R, 2 RBI) drove in two on three hits and scored a run, while freshman Connor Wong (1x4, 2 RBI) plated two on an infield single in the fifth.
Houston starter David Longville (3.1,6,6,3,0,0) suffered the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year after tossing 3.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He was relieved by junior Austin Moore (0.1,0,0,0,1,0), junior Kyle Dowdy (0.1,0,0,0,0,0,), sophomore Marshall Kasowski (2.0,1,1,1,1,2) and junior Patrick Weigel (2.0,1,0,0,1,2) - who all combined to hold Texas State to one run two hits in the final 4.2 innings out of the bullpen.
A scoreless game through 2.0 innings was broke open when Texas State plated two runs on an RBI-single and a throwing error by the Cougars.
The Bobcats would extend their lead in the fourth following three hits and a Houston miscue to make it 6-0 after 4.0 innings.
Campbell opened the top of the fifth with a leadoff double down the right field line. With two outs, Taylor drew his second walk of the game, giving way to Survance - who tripled to dead centerfield, scoring both Campbell and Taylor to make it 6-2 in favor of Texas State.
Iriart then followed up to score Survance on a clutch two-out, RBI-single up the middle to cut the Bobcats' lead in half. The inning would continue with a bases-loading bunt single by Vidales and become more interesting when Wong drove in two more Cougar runs on a high infield chopper, plating Rice from third and Iriart from second to bring the score within one at 6-5.
Texas State would add another run in the latter half of the sixth following a leadoff walk, stolen base, wild pitch and RBI-safety squeeze to make it 7-5 Bobcats.
Houston would rally in the ninth with one run following an Iriart RBI-single, plating Survance - who reached on a one-out double, but the Cougars' rally would fall one run shy.
Bobcat reliever Blake Whitter (4.1,5,1,1,0,3) earned the win in relief, after tossing 4.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts.
Houston will return home to host Columbia in a four-game series at Cougar Field, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Cougars will continue the series on Saturday with a doubleheader slated for 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and wrap on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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.
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