HOUSTON -- No. 21 Houston Baseball blasted five home runs and held Baylor to just two runs to earn an 11-2 win over the Bears on Sunday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With the win, the Cougars won the weekend series and notched their 399th home win in program history, while improving to 6-5 on the year. Baylor fell to 6-5 on the season with the loss.
Five home runs lifted Houston Baseball to the series win as freshman Joe Davis and sophomore Clay Casey each belted a pair, while senior Justin Montemayor added to the hype with his first long ball of the year.
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
Joe Davis -- 3-for-5 / 3 R / 4 RBI / 2 HR
Justin Montemayor -- 1-for-4 / 2 R / 2 RBI / HR
Clay Casey -- 2-for-3 / 2 R / 3 RBI / 2 BB / 2 HR
Michael Pyeatt -- 2-for-3 / 2 R / RBI / 2 BB
Zac Taylor -- 2-for-4
Houston out hit Baylor, 13-8 and of the 13 hits, five landed for home runs.
Davis led the offense once again with a 3-for-5 performance on two home runs and four RBI, while scoring three runs. Casey went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs following two home runs.
Sophomore starter and Preseason All-American Seth Romero (5.0,1,0,0,2,4) didn't disappoint in his first start of 2016 as the south paw struck out four in 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit and two walks to Baylor. With the outing, he earned his first win of the season to move to 1-0.
Houston jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on two, two-run home runs in the bottom of the first.
With one out, Pyeatt walked prior to Davis belting his second home run of this young career to put the Cougars up 2-0. Another walk happened as Montemayor took first and later scored on Casey's third long ball of 2016, giving Houston the 4-0 advantage.
Romero was dominant in his first start of the year -- holding Baylor to just one hit in his 5.0-inning outing. He allowed a two-out double in the first and then managed to shut the Bears down for the next 4.0 innings, allowing Houston to extend its lead to 6-0 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis singled and later came around to score on Montemayor's first home run of the year -- and Houston's third of the day.
Romero handed the ball over to sophomore Aaron Fletcher (1.0,5,2,1,0,1) in the sixth and Baylor took advantage of a Houston miscue and used two hits to plate two runs to make it a 6-2 game.
Despite allowing a two-run inning, the Cougars quickly responded with their second four-run inning of the game to extend their lead to 10-2 over the Bears. The inning began with a walk from Reyes and a sacrifice bunt by Hollis. An infield single by Pyeatt scored Reyes and Davis followed with a two-run home run -- his second long ball of the day and third of the year for the freshman.
Junior reliever Bubba Maxwell (3.0,2,0,0,0,3) took over for Fletcher in the top of the seventh after Baylor reached on back-to-back singles to open the frame. The Vidor, Texas native was able to induce two fly outs and a strikeout to keep Baylor off the board.
Maxwell would shine in his outing, earning a 3.0-inning save, while not allowing a run on just two hits.
Casey wasn't ready to stop the offense as he belted an eighth-inning home run to put the Cougars up 11-2. The home run was his second of the day and fifth for the Houston offense.
Baylor starter Nick Lewis (5.0,8,6,6,4,1) took the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits and four walks in his 5.0 innings of work.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On [Seth] Romero's outing
"[Seth] Romero was good. He only gave up a hit, but for the most part through strikes; his secondary stuff will get sharper. He competed well. It was a pretty good first outing."
On winning the series
"It is huge. We hit a tough little patch there and to be able to bounce back, and not only win, but win big in both games against a really good in-state team."
On aggression on the base paths
"We have some personnel who could do some things on the bases. We want to run a pressure offense. If you can put pressure on people then you can force the opposing pitcher to get his mind off of executing pitches and make him worry about what is going on around him; then you'll get pitches right down the middle that you can hammer. It all works hand-in-hand, the power, the offense and the run game."
On Joe Davis' emergence
"He is good, so far. The jury is still out, but to this point he is as advertised. He has been a good player and is a big part of our team."
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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.
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.
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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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