HOUSTON -- No. 15 Houston Baseball wasn't able to overcome an early deficit, falling to No. 1 Texas A&M, 7-2, on Tuesday night in non-conference action at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
The Cougars are now 16-8 on the year and 13-4 at home, while the Aggies improved to 22-3.
No. 15 Houston Baseball will open American Athletic Conference play this weekend when it travels to Greenville, N.C. to take on No. 19 East Carolina in a three-game series, beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT.
The series between the Cougars and Pirates will continue at 3 p.m. CT Saturday and wrap at 10 a.m. CT Sunday. Saturday's game will air on the American Digital Network: http://theamerican.org/watch/
ON THE BUMP BREAKDOWN
John King -- 5.0 IP / 6 H / 5 R / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K
Bubba Maxwell -- 2.0 IP / 4 H / 1 R / 1 BB / 4 K
Trey Cumbie -- 1.0 IP / 1 H / 1 R / 1 K
Nathan Jackson -- 0.0 IP / 2 BB
Nick Hernandez -- 1.0 IP / 1 K
TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Justin Montemayor -- 1-for-3 / R
Corey Julks -- 1-for-4 / R
Connor Hollis -- 0-for-2 / RBI / SAC
Michael Pyeatt -- 1-for-5
Joe Davis -- 1-for-4
Clay Casey -- 1-for-2 / 2 BB
Connor Wong -- 1-for-5
Jacob Campbell -- 1-for-1
The Cougars stranded nine base runners and tallied seven hits as seven different players recorded a base knock. Sophomore Connor Hollis (0x2, SAC) drove in a run on a sacrifice bunt, while senior Justin Montemayor (1x3, R) and sophomore Corey Julks (1x4, R) each scored a run.
Houston starter John King (5.0,6,5,0,1,4) struck out four and didn't allow an earned run on six hits and a walk, but would suffer the loss, falling to 3-2 on the year.
Texas A&M jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on three hits and two Houston errors in the first inning.
Houston didn't waste much time responding as it went on to plate a pair of runs in the latter half of the second after Montemayor and Julks opened the inning with back-to-back singles. With runners at the corners, Julks quickly stole second and then the two moved up a base on a wild pitch -- scoring Montemayor to make it a 4-1 game.
Sophomore Clay Casey extended the inning with a walk, allowing Hollis to plate Julks on an RBI-sacrifice bunt to make it a two-run game in favor of the Aggies.
Texas A&M would extend its lead to 5-2 with a run in the top of the fifth following two singles and a passed ball.
Junior reliever Bubba Maxwell (2.0,4,1,1,1,4) took over for King in the sixth inning and worked around a jam, stranding a pair to escape and keep Texas A&M off the board. The Aggies would then extend their lead by four runs at 6-2 with a solo home run with one out in the seventh inning.
Maxwell struck out four in 2.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk.
Texas A&M reliever Brigham Hill (1.2,0,0,0,0,1) improved to 3-0 with the win out of the bullpen, while Mark Ecker (0.1,0,0,0,0,0) took over with the tying run on deck to earn the save -- his first.
On tonight's game
"I thought it was a great college baseball night. We had two really good teams in a heavy-weight fight. We got down early, but I'm proud of the way our guys fought to get back into the game. We created a hole for ourselves in that first inning, but we never stopped playing. We were a swing or two from tying up the game a couple of times and going ahead. We got a little something going there in the last inning, we didn't catch a break, but I am proud of the club for the way they fought all night."
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Houston Baseball has 15 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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