HOUSTON -- Sophomore Connor Wong belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn't enough as No. 21 Houston Baseball fell 4-2 to Baylor at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park on Friday.
With the loss, Houston fell to 4-5 on the year, while Baylor improved to 6-3 with the win.
Houston and Baylor will continue the three-game series with Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and wrap at 1 p.m. Sunday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park. The Cougars will then wrap up their home stand with a midweek matchup vs. Prairie View A&M on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
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Houston starter Andrew Lantrip (7.0,5,2,2,0,7) struck out seven in 7.0 innings, while allowing two runs on five hits. The right-hander, unfortunately, would fall to 1-2 on the year.
Redshirt freshman Chris Reed (0.1,0,1,0,1,0) and freshman Tanner Lawson (1.2,0,1,0,1,1) saw action out of the bullpen.
Houston out hit Baylor, 7-5, but two costly errors and a passed ball proved to be difference in the two-run score. Wong led the Cougars offensively, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI, which came from his second home run of the 2016 season.
Baylor jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after a leadoff triple and a wild pitch led to a run in the fourth inning.
Houston had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Reyes walked and moved to third on a one-out single by Wong, but a play at the plate and an inning-ending fielder's choice got Baylor out of the jam and kept the Cougars off the board.
Baylor would extend its lead to 2-0 with a one-out solo home run in the sixth inning. Back-to-back fielding errors by Houston allowed Baylor to plate its third run of the game on sacrifice fly, putting it up 3-0 in the top of the eighth.
Houston made a run in the ninth when junior Jose Reyes reached first after being hit-by-a-pitch with one out. Senior Robert Grilli pinch ran and came around to score on a two-run home run to left field by Wong -- his second of the season to put the Cougars on the board, down 4-2.
Baylor starter Daniel Castano (7.0,5,0,0,2,6) was sharp, going 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in the win, improving to 2-1 in 2016.
Bears reliever Troy Montemayor (0.2,0,0,0,1,0) came in and closed out the game to earn his second save of the year.
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Houston Baseball has 26 remaining home games at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park this 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.
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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.
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