HOUSTON – No. 16 Houston Baseball wasn’t able to overcome an early deficit, falling to Rice 7-4 on Tuesday evening in non-conference action at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 13-7 on the year and 10-3 at home and their win streak was snapped at five games, while Rice improved to 11-9 with the win. The game marked the first of three games scheduled between the two teams as they meet again in May to continue the Silver Glove Series.
Houston will remain home to host George Washington in a three-game series this week, beginning Thursday (March 24) and wrapping on Saturday (March 26) due to Easter Sunday.
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TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Joe Davis – 2-for-4 / RBI
Connor Hollis – 1-for-3 / R / RBI
Jose Reyes – 1-for-3 / RBI
Corey Julks – 1-for-5 / RBI
Michael Pyeatt – 2-for-4
Connor Wong – 2-for-4 / 2 R
Justin Montemayor – 2-for-3
Houston tallied 11 hits and four Cougars notched a multi-hit game, led by freshman Joe Davis, who was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Sophomores Corey Julks (1x5) and Connor Hollis (1x3, R) and junior Jose Reyes (1x3) each had a hit and RBI, while sophomore Connor Wong (2x4, 2 R) and seniors Michael Pyeatt (2x4) and Justin Montemayor (2x3) each had two hits.
Rice jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after the top half of the second following seven hits off Houston starter Marshall Kasowski.
Down 4-0 and with two outs in the latter half of the second inning, Hollis came up big, doubling a ball off the left field wall to plate sophomore Zac Taylor all the way from first after he had reached on a fielder’s choice. Reyes quickly responded with an RBI-single of his own, scoring Hollis to make it a 4-2 game.
After a 1-out double, Kasowski handed the ball to freshman Trey Cumbie and the southpaw shut Rice down in the fourth, retiring the next two via the strikeout and flyout.
Rice would use a double, passed ball, and RBI-single to go up 5-3 in the fifth, but the Cougars quickly responded with a run with one out in the inning after Wong walked, moved to third on a single by Pyeatt. Davis then found a hole in left field to score Wong for his conference-leading 26th RBI of the year.
Julks then drove in Davis on an RBI-single to make it a one-run game in the seventh.
Down 5-4 heading into the ninth, Rice found a way to plate two late insurance runs to go up 7-4 on two hits and an error.
Kasowski (3.1,9,4,4,0,1) fell to 2-2 with the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits with one strikeout in 3.1 innings.
Cumbie (4.2,4,2,0,0,5) struck out five and allowed just four scattered hits and two unearned runs in his 4.2 innings out of the bullpen before handing the ball to junior Nick Hernandez (1.0,1,1,1,0,2) in the ninth.
Houston stranded 11 base runners on the evening, including seven in the final four innings.
Rice reliever Kendal Jefferies (1.2,1,1,1,1,0) earned the win, moving to 1-0 on the year after allowing one run on one hit and one walk in 1.2 innings. Dane Myers (3.0,5,0,0,1,2) picked up the save.
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BUY SEASON/ SINGLE-GAME / GROUP TICKETS
Houston Baseball has 19 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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