HOUSTON -- No. 16 Houston Baseball used a balanced effort with solid pitching and timely hitting to earn a 5-2 win over George Washington Friday night to claim the weekend series at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With the win, Houston improved to 15-7 on the year and 12-3 at home, while George Washington fell to 8-15 this season.
Houston and George Washington will wrap at 1 p.m. Saturday at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park. Following the weekend series, the Cougars will finish their nine-game home stand with a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday match up with No. 2 Texas A&M.
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Houston starter Andrew Lantrip (7.1,8,2,2,0,5) struck out five and went another start without walking a hitter as he continues to lead the nation with a 44:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season. He improved to 4-2 on the year with the win on Friday after allowing two runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings for the Cougars.
Junior reliever Nick Hernandez (1.2,1,0,0,1,2) picked up his team-leading fifth save of 2016 following a one-hit, one-walk performance, lasting 1.2 innings with two strikeouts.
The offense tallied nine hits, led by sophomore Corey Julks' 3-for-4 night with two RBI. Sophomore Connor Wong also had a multi-hit night, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI, while walking twice.
Houston Baseball jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first following RBI singles by Davis and Julks, plating Wong and Pyeatt, who walked and were hit, respectively.
Lantrip kept GWU at bay, retiring nine of the first 10 hitters before the Colonials broke free for four hits in the top of the fourth, tying the game at 2-2.
The Cougars quickly responded with a run of their own in the latter half of the frame when senior Justin Montemayor reached on an error and later scored on an RBI-single by Julks -- his second of the night.
Houston would extend its lead with a single run in the bottom of the sixth to go up 4-2 after Casey reached on a one-out hit-by-pitch, stole second, took third on a ground ball out by senior Josh Vidales and scored on an RBI-single into left field by Taylor.
With one out in the eighth, Hollis tripled and later came around to score on a Wong RBI-single to make it a three-run game at 5-2 -- which proved to be all Houston needed.
GWU starter Shane Sweeney (5.1,4,4,3,2,3) suffered the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year.
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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.
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BUY SEASON/ SINGLE-GAME / GROUP TICKETS
Houston Baseball has 17 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.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season baseball home games with a valid student ID.
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