HOUSTON - Junior right-hander Patrick Weigel tossed 5.0 shutout innings in relief, but No. 8 Houston Baseball wasn't able to overcome its five-hit effort in a 2-1 loss to Houston Baptist on Tuesday night at Cougar Field.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 8-5 on the year, while HBU improved to 6-6 with the win.
Weigel (5.0,3,0,0,0,4) was the bright spot for Houston as the Ventura, Calif. native fanned four n 5.0 shutout frames, while allowing just three scattered hits for the Cougars.
Houston, offensively, tallied just five hits, led by junior Josh Vidales' 2-for-4 effort as the second baseman reached base in his 12th consecutive game.
Junior Ashford Fulmer drove in the Cougars' lone run on an RBI-sacrifice fly in the second inning, while junior Kyle Survance (1x4), freshman Connor Wong (1x4) and junior Jacob Campbell (1x4) all tallied hits.
Houston starter David Longville (4.0,6,2,2,0,1) lasted 4.0 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one strikeout to suffer the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year.
Houston used a leadoff hit-by-pitch by Iriart in the second inning and a back-to-back singles by Wong and Campbell to load the bases, allowing Fulmer to drive in the game's first run on a sacrifice fly to centerfield, making it 1-0 in favor of the Cougars.
Houston Baptist struck for two runs in the top of the third following a three-hit effort, including two doubles to go ahead, 2-1 - which proved to be enough as both teams were held scoreless during the last six innings.
Huskies' starter Curtis Jones (7.0,4,1,1,0,1) earned the win, allowing one run on four hits with one strikeout, while teammate Chris Garza (2.0,1,0,0,0,2) picked up the save in relief.
Houston Baseball will embark on its 15th straight year in the Houston College Classic this weekend at Minute Maid Park when it is set to play No. 2 LSU - Friday at 7:05 p.m., No. 11 Texas A&M - Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Hawaii - Sunday at 6:05 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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