HOUSTON - Despite a five-run fourth inning, Houston Baseball wasn't able to overcome the hot-hitting by Columbia on Sunday afternoon, falling 12-7 in its series finale at Cougar Field.
The Lions posted a 20-hit effort on the Houston pitching staff to drop the Cougars to 8-4 on the year, while the two teams wrapped the weekend with a split of the four-game series.
Houston tallied 12 hits of its own, led by freshman Corey Julks' 3-for-5 effort at the plate. Freshman Connor Wong (2x5, 2 RBI) added another multi-hit game to his resume, tallying two hits and driving in two RBI.
Junior Kyle Survance (2x6, R, RBI) and junior Ian Rice (2x4, RBI) each had a two-hit day with an RBI, while freshman Zac Taylor (1x4, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB), junior Chris Iriart (1x4), and junior Justin Montemayor (1x3, R), each added hits.
Houston starter Kyle Dowdy (2.0,4,4,2,1,0) allowed just two earned runs on four hits and a walk, but was relieved after 2.0 innings. Freshman Seth Romero (2.1,6,4,4,1,1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk with one strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work out of the bullpen.
Columbia opened the game with a run in the first after two errors were made defensively. The Cougars bounced back and grabbed two runs of their own on three hits, including an RBI-double by Wong.
The back-and-forth scoring began as the Lions took a 4-2 lead into the fourth after two more runs in the top half of the third inning. Houston then used a five-run fourth inning to go up 7-4 after Montemayor opened the frame with a leadoff single. Julks then doubled and Stading walked to load the bases. Taylor drew and RBI bases-loaded walk and Survance plated a run on an infield single. With two outs, Wong came through with his second RBI of the day, to give the Cougars the three-run advantage.
It didn't take long for Columbia to respond as the hot-hitting continued with three more hits, including two doubles to plate four runs to go back ahead, 8-7.
The one-run game held until the top of the ninth when the Lions strung together six hits and took advantage of one error to plate four more runs, extending their lead to 12-7 - which proved to be enough to even the weekend series.
Columbia reliever Ty Weist (2.2,5,1,1,1,2) earned the win, tossing 2.2 innings out of the pen, while teammate Ryan Marks (3.1,2,0,0,2,3) earned the save.
Houston will wrap its five-game homestand when it welcomes Houston Baptist to Cougar Field Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. Following Tuesday's midweek game, the Cougars will take part in the Houston College for the 15th consecutive year, facing LSU (Friday - 7:05 pm), Texas A&M (Saturday - 7:05 pm) and Hawaii (Sunday - 6:05 pm).
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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