HOUSTON -- No. 16 Houston Baseball jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as it won 14-0 over George Washington Saturday to sweep the weekend series at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
With the win, Houston improved to 16-7 on the year and 13-3 at home, while George Washington fell to 8-16 this season. The Cougars notched their fifth weekend series victory of 2016 and second straight weekend sweep and third of the year.
Houston will wrap up its nine-game home stand with a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday match up with No. 2 Texas A&M. Tickets are limited with GA and berm seating available only.
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TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Joe Davis -- 2-for-4 / 2 R / 4 RBI / HR
Clay Casey -- 2-for-3 / R / RBI
Zac Taylor -- 1-for-3 / 2 RBI
Michael Pyeatt -- 2-for-3 / 2 R / RBI
Connor Wong -- 1-for-2 / 2 R
Corey Julks -- 2-for-4 / 2 R / RBI
Jacob Campbell -- 1-for-1 / R / 3 RBI / HR
Houston starter Seth Romero (8.0,1,0,0,1,7) was once again dominant, allowing one hit in 8.0 shutout innings of work. The southpaw struck out seven and walked just one to move to 4-0 this season.
The one hit surrendered by Romero came in the seventh inning. He had retired 20 of the first 21 hitters prior to that hit.
Freshman reliever Tanner Lawson (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) took over in the ninth inning and struck out one.
The duo combined to throw a 1-hitter -- the second in as many weeks as Romero tallied a nine-inning, 1-hitter last Saturday vs. Grand Canyon to earn National Pitcher of the Week honors.
Houston put on an offense performance Saturday in the series finale, tallying 13 hits -- led by five extra base knocks -- two home runs. The 14 runs scored tied a team high for the season as the Cougars won 14-1 over McNeese State back on Feb. 23.
Senior Jacob Campbell drove in three RBI on a three-run home run in the eighth to put the game out of reach and at 14-0.
Davis did what he does best and drove in a pair of runs on a two-run home run -- his team-leading six home run of the year, while driving in his 29th and 30th RBI. He plated Pyeatt, who had reached on a fielder's choice with one out in the inning.
The Cougars would extend their early lead to three runs with a single run in the second after Casey doubled to open the frame, moved to third on a ground out by senior Josh Vidales and scored on a perfectly-executed sacrifice bunt by Taylor.
With two outs in the second, Wong would reach for the second time in the game with his second walk before Pyeatt singled to load the bases. Davis would then record RBI No. 30 on the year -- a conference-high -- on a bases-loaded walk, scoring Hollis -- who was hit-by-a-pitch earlier -- to make it 4-0 Houston.
The Cougars used a two-out double by Wong and a two-out RBI-single by Pyeatt to take a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Romero continued to deal; retiring 15 of the first 16 batters he faced -- with his only base runner coming from a walk. He sent the offense back to work for another run after Julks doubled with one out, stole third and scored on a throwing error by George Washington for a 6-0 lead.
Wong walked to open the sixth and came around to score on a Davis RBI-single -- his fourth RBI of the game and 31st of the season to make it a 7-0 game with no outs in the inning.
Houston continued to add to its lead with Pyeatt scoring on a Julks' RBI-single and Davis scoring on a Casey sacrifice fly to make it a 9-0 game with one out in the bottom of the sixth. The scoring continued when Vidales picked up his first RBI of the year on a ground ball out to first base, scoring senior Justin Montemayor to make it an 11-0 game.
Campbell, off the bench as a pinch hitter, quickly made it a 14-0 game with his third home run of the year -- a three-run shot, scoring Vidales (who reached on an error) and freshman Grayson Padgett, who singled as a pinch hitter.
George Washington starter Jacob Williams (3.2,5,5,5,3,2) suffered the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On the weekend series
"We played real well. It was a real thorough game today, the offense was out from the time we arrived until the end of the game; we had tremendous energy and great effort all around. I'm proud of the guys for coming out in game three. Romero was outstanding, again, this week. The bats really came through too, not only did we get a couple of hits but we hit a couple of home runs too; we ran the offense really well. If we continue to do that then we will be fine down the road."
On heading into conference undefeated on the weekends
"Winning every weekend series going into conference play is definitely a boost for our team and our resume down the road. We have to keep this momentum. We have had a good early non-conference season, and it amps up going forward into conference play in a really good American Athletic Conference again this year. We are looking forward to getting up to North Carolina and playing ECU next weekend."
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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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