HOUSTON -- No. 21 Houston Baseball returned to its winning ways as it produced an 11-hit performance en route to a 10-4 win over Baylor on Saturday night to even the weekend series at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With the win, the Cougars moved back to a .500 mark at 5-5 on the year, while Baylor fell to 6-4 with the loss. Houston also notched its 398th win at home and snapped its five-game losing skid.
Houston and Baylor will wrap up its series at 1 p.m. Sunday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park. The Cougars will then conclude 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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TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Connor Wong -- 2-for-4 / 3 R / RBI / HR
Justin Montemayor -- 2-for-3 / 2 R / 2 RBI / 3B
Michael Pyeatt -- 2-for-4 / R / RBI / 3B
Clay Casey -- 2-for-4 / R / 2 RBI
Joe Davis -- 2-for-5 / 2 R
Houston starter John King (6.0,5,4,1,1,6) was sharp in his third start of 2016, fanning six in 6.0 innings of work, allowing just one earned run on five scattered hits and a walk in the win to improve to 2-1 this season.
He was relieved by junior Nick Hernandez (3.0,1,0,0,0,3) who worked 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts for his first save as a Cougar.
The Cougars produced an 11-hit game, led by senior Justin Montemayor's 2-for-3 effort with two RBI and two runs scored -- while also notching his second triple of the year.
Houston hitters 1-5 all had a multi-hit game with sophomore Clay Casey also plating two RBI. Sophomore Connor Wong (2x4, 3 R, RBI) belted his team-leading third home run of the year and scored three runs for the Cougars, while senior Michael Pyeatt drove in a RBI on two hits, including a triple.
Freshman Joe Davis continued his offensive prowess with another multi-hit outing, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Houston used a two-run single and a double steal and throwing error in the first to go ahead 4-0 on Baylor as Casey plated Wong and Davis after they each reached on a walk and single, respectively.
A double steal featuring Montemayor and Casey forced an arrant throw by Baylor's catcher, which scored both -- putting the Cougars ahead by four after the first inning.
King was dominant early until Baylor made some noise in the third with two hits and taking advantage of two Houston errors to tie the game at 4-4.
Houston quickly responded with a three-run half inning in the third with three straight hits to open the frame. Pyeatt and Davis each singled before Montemayor tripled to plate the pair. With one out in the inning, Taylor picked up an RBI on a ground out, scoring Montemayor for the 7-4 lead.
Wong continued to hit the ball well, belting his second home run in as many nights, blasting a solo long ball over the left field wall to put Houston up by four at 8-4 through 4.0 innings.
The Cougars would continue to score after senior Robert Grilli opened the sixth with a leadoff single to right field, took second on a stolen base and third on a groundout from junior Jose Reyes. With one out, senior Jacob Campbell, off the bench, drove in Grilli on a sacrifice fly to left field to put Houston head 9-4.
Pyeatt gave Houston's its 10th run of the game on a triple into the left field corner, plating Wong -- who singled with two outs.
Baylor starter Drew Tolson (5.0,7,8,6,2,6) took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year after allowing six earned runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Baylor was held to just six hits as King and Hernandez combined for the nine-strikeout effort.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
"Tonight was a complete team effort. We pitched really well; [John] King scrapped and battled the whole night. [Nick] Hernandez was the best he's been all year out of the bullpen. He threw some really good pitches. I'm proud of those guys for the way that they pitched.
"From the offensive side, what we tried to concentrate on was to stop worrying about our hitting and start worrying about our offense. You don't have to be a great hitter to have great offense. We've been having our hits and knocks, but we just haven't been scoring or running our offense.
"When we run our offense like we did tonight, moving the guys around, make things happen, we have a chance to be a pretty good team. We just have to stay with that and have each guy do his one-ninth of the equation and play offense, and we'll be fine."
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BUY SEASON/ SINGLE-GAME / GROUP TICKETS
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.
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.
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