MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Andrew Lantrip went the distance and Ashford Fulmer belted a go-ahead, seventh-inning homerun to lead No. 14 Houston Baseball to a 3-2 road win at Memphis on Thursday evening to open the second week of American Athletic Conference play.
The win lifted Houston to a 21-9 record and evened its league record at 2-2, while Memphis fell to 17-8 and 2-2 in conference action. The two teams will meet for Game 2 on Friday. The game has been pushed up from 6:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. due to a threat of rain in the area.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
9 -- Sophomore Andrew Lantrip pitched his second complete game of the season, tossing 9.0 innings, allowing 1 earned run with five strikeouts.
12 -- With Chris Iriart's single in the eighth, he now has hit safely in 12 straight games.
13 -- Kyle Survance singled to open the fifth to extend his on-base streak to 13 straight games.
13 -- Zac Taylor stole his 13th base of the year -- ranking him second on the team.
15 -- Chris Iriart singles in the eighth and now rides a 15-game on-base streak.
16 -- Connor Wong has reached base in 16 straight games as the true freshman recorded a 1-out single in the fourth.
21 -- Ashford Fulmer belted his second homerun of the year, giving Houston now 21 homeruns this season.
33 -- Josh Vidales has reached base in 33 straight games, dating back to 2014.
Fulmer would see one pitch in the seventh inning and it was enough to put Houston back on top as he rounded the bases to give the Cougars a 3-2 lead late. The homerun proved to be enough as sophomore starting pitcher Lantrip (9.0,7,2,1,1,5) would toss his second complete game of the season, earning the win and improving to 6-2 on the year.
Lantrip was dominant, allowing just one earned run on seven scattered hits and one walk to accompany his five strikeouts. He improved his career record to 12-2 with the victory.
Houston out hit Memphis, 9-7 as eight starters all recorded a base knock for the Cougars. Junior Jacob Campbell led the offense with a two-hit night, while Fulmer (1x4, R, RBI) and junior Josh Vidales (1x4, RBI) each drove in a run for the Cougars.
Houston tallied four stolen bases on the night, including a double steal by Rice and Wong to give the Cougars a 2-1 advantage in the fourth.
Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second following back-to-back, two-out hits, which included an RBI-double following a wild pitch. It didn't take long for the Cougars to respond as they tied the game in the third on an RBI-single from Vidales -- who extended his on-base streak to 33 straight games. He drove in Taylor, who opened the inning's activity with a 1-out single.
With one out in the fourth, Wong reached on a single through the left side and was followed up by Rice --who singled off the third baseman's glove. Runners at the corners, Rice stole second and Wong followed -- stealing home on the throw back to the pitcher, giving Houston the double steal and the 2-1 lead.
Memphis used a sixth-inning rally to tie the game on a passed ball after the leadoff hitter reached on the Cougar error, which extended the inning.
On the first pitch he saw in the seventh, Fulmer drove a no-doubter over the left field fence for his second homerun of the year, giving Houston the 3-2 lead.
The Fulmer homerun proved to be enough as Lantrip was in a late-inning grove, retiring the final nine Memphis hitters he faced for the win.
Memphis starter Caleb Wallingford (7.0,7,3,3,0,4) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts to fall to 3-3 on the year.
Head Coach Todd Whitting
On the performance by sophomore pitcher Andrew Lantrip
"Andrew Lantrip was outstanding tonight. He was up in the zone a little early, but once he caught second wind and got into a rhythm, he was really good. That was big. We needed that. We needed our bullpen to have a little bit of a break."
On the overall effort by the team
"Offensively, we did just enough to win. We had a lot of great at-bats. We stung the ball all over the yard tonight - they just didn't fall. This is going to be tough to win this season. We have to come out and get ready to play tomorrow, but we are playing with a lot of confidence right now."
Houston and Memphis will continue its three-game series on Friday with the game time being pushed up from 6:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. due to a threat of rain hitting the area. Saturday's finale will be played at Noon.
With 31 home games set for 2015 at Cougar Field and a 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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