ORLANDO, Fla. -- Six homeruns highlighted the American Athletic Conference series opener between No. 15 Houston and No. 6 UCF as the Knights earned a 9-2 win over the Cougars on Friday evening in Orlando, Fla.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 18-8 on the year and 0-1 in conference play, while UCF improved to 21-6 and 1-0. Houston's win streak was snapped at 10 games.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
11 -- Chris Iriart tallied three hits and now rides an 11-game on-base streak.
12 -- Connor Wong has reached base in 12 straight games as a true freshman hitting his fourth homerun of the year.
29 -- Josh Vidales has reached base in 29 straight games, dating back to 2014.
The Houston offense was held to single-digit hits at five as junior Chris Iriart led the offense with a three-hit night -- his second of his Cougar career. Among his three hits, Iriart belted his seventh homerun of the year.
Also driving in a run was freshman Connor Wong -- who notched his fourth homerun of his collegiate career. Adding to the hit column was junior Josh Vidales (1x3) -- who also was hit-by-a-pitch to extend his on-base streak to 29 straight games, dating back to the 2014 season.
Houston used a first inning solo homerun by Iriart -- his seventh of the year - to put the Cougars up 1-0 early, but UCF responded with a three-run first on four hits, including two homeruns.
Down by two runs, Wong belts his fourth homerun of the season to make it a 3-2 game, but the Knights belted their third homerun of the night and regained its two-run lead. After being held scoreless at bat, the Cougars would surrender a three-run third following three free passes and three hits, while also committing an error.
Lantrip (2.2,9,7,6,2,1), who would go on to suffer just his second loss of the year -- fell to 5-2 after allowing six earned runs on nine hits in 2.2 innings. Lantrip handed the ball over to junior Patrick Weigel in the third inning as the right-hander would strike out Tommy Williams for the final out of the frame to strand bases loaded.
Weigel worked 3.2 scoreless innings until UCF struck again, belting its fourth homerun of the game to make it 9-2 in the seventh.
Vidales notched Houston's first hit since Iriart's single in the fourth when he reached on an infield single in the eighth. Iriart followed with his third hit of the game and Rice walked to load the bases, but UCF would escape the jam with an inning-ending strikeout.
Senior Jared Robinson 1.0,0,0,0,1,2) took over in the eighth after Weigel worked 5.1 innings in relief, allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Robinson worked a hitless ninth.
UCF had four homeruns on the night, led by JoMarcos Woods' 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBI -- two of his hits coming on homeruns.
Knight starter Cre Finfrock (7.0,3,2,2,1,4) improved to 6-0 on the year.
Houston and UCF will continue its three-game series on Saturday with a 3 p.m. CT first pitch in Orlando, Fla.
You can follow all the action by listening in live at UHCougars.com/baseradio with Jeremy Branham on the call or by following via GAMEDAY CENTRAL at UHCougars.com/gameday. Saturday's game will also air on ESPN Deportes 1180 AM.
With 31 home games set for 2015 at Cougar Field and a Top 10 nationally-ranked program representing the University of Houston, the Cougars are proud to announce that single-game tickets are now on sale at UHCougars.com/Basetickets.
Along with the online option, fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office at TDECU Stadium Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m. or can call 713-GO-COOGS.
Houston Baseball will offer variable pricing on its single-game tickets and group rates.
For the first time ever, the pricing breakdown will be determined whether or not you purchase your single-game tickets online vs. at the gate the day of the game as well as whether the Cougars play on a weekday (Monday-Thursday) or weekend (Friday-Sunday).
Weekday: Monday-Thursday; Weekend: Friday-Sunday.
As noted in the table, variable pricing occurs. For weekday (Tuesday nights) online purchases, fans can take in a game, ranging from $5-$7 depending on the choice of seating. If you choose to purchase the day of the game as a Weekday Walk-Up, you will pay roughly $2 more than the online price ($7-$9).
Weekend (Friday-Sunday) online pricing will range from $6-$8 per game, while Weekend Walk-Up pricing the day of the game will run a fan anywhere from $8-$10.
Group rates are also available (as noted in the table). Weekday (Tuesday) and Weekend (Friday-Sunday) pricing occurs. Groups of 10-24 are set at $4-$5 per person, while groups of 25+ are $3-$4 per person.
With single-game tickets available now, Houston Baseball still encourages supporters to become Season Ticket members and enjoy the attractive pricing and rewards that come with up-front purchasing for the entire 2015 season.
HOW TO PURCHASE
To purchase tickets in advance, fans must 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. or you can call 713-GO-COOGS.
JOIN THE DUGOUT CLUB
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.
For a minimum monthly installment of $100 or a minimum one-time gift of $1,000, supporters can take advantage of the Diamond level, which will guarantee batting practice passes for two to any home game, invitation for two to exclusive Dugout Club events and Houston Baseball apparel.
**Cougar Pride points will be applied accordingly.
For more information on joining the Dugout Club, please contact the Houston Baseball office at (713) 743-9396.
For more information regarding Cougar Pride, please call (713) 743-GOUH.
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