MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Despite a two homerun day for junior Chris Iriart, Memphis jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back as No. 14 Houston Baseball fell 14-6 to the Tigers in Friday's American Athletic Conference afternoon contest.
With the loss, Houston dropped to 21-10 on the year and 2-3 in league play, while Memphis improved to 18-8 and 3-2 in conference action.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
10 -- Chris Iriart belted his team-leading ninth and 10th homerun of the year. He became the first Cougar since Chris Wallace in 2010 to have two homeruns in a game.
13 -- With Chris Iriart's triple in the fourth, he now has hit safely in 13 straight games.
16 -- Chris Iriart triples in the fourth and now rides a 16-game on-base streak.
17 -- Connor Wong has reached base in 17 straight games as the true freshman recorded a 1-out single in the fourth.
23 -- Iriart's ninth and 10th homeruns of the year gave Houston its 22nd and 23rd of the season.
33 -- Josh Vidales' on-base streak ended at 33 consecutive games, which dated back to the end of the 2014 season.
Iriart became the first Cougar since Chris Wallace in 2010 vs. UAB to hit two homeruns in a single game as the Chino Hills, Calif. native drove in two and scored three times, leading Houston offensively with two homeruns and a triple.
With those two homeruns, Iriart increased his total to 10 -- the most homeruns by a Cougar since Wallace hit 10 in 2010. Iriart led the offense with a career-high four-hit day, going 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBI.
Junior Jacob Campbell drove in the other lone run for the Cougars on a sacrifice fly, while junior Ashford Fulmer (1x3, R), freshman Connor Wong (1x4, R) and junior Justin Montemayor (1x5) each added a hit as Houston tallied an 11-hit day.
The Tigers out hit Houston, 18-11, led by Brandon Montgomery with a 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
Memphis tallied eight hits and batted around in the first inning to go ahead 8-0 on the Cougars. After a leadoff walk, hit by pitch and single that loaded the bases, a three-run double cleared the bases to give the Tigers a quick 3-0 lead with 0 outs. A groundout followed, but then Memphis strung together five straight hits for the eight-run lead.
Weigel held Memphis scoreless in the second and third and sent his offense back to bat where the Cougars scratched across two runs as Iriart opened the frame with a leadoff triple -- his second of the year. Campbell followed with a sacrifice fly and with two outs and Wong at second after a single, Grilli drives in his second RBI of his Cougar career on a single up the middle, cutting Memphis' lead to 8-2.
Memphis rebounds and scores two in the latter half of the fourth to match the Cougars' two runs in the top of the inning. The Tigers used a leadoff hit by pitch and back-to-back, two-out RBI-singles.
With two outs in the fifth, Iriart belted his team-leading ninth homerun of the year on the first pitch he saw to cut back into Memphis lead, making it a 10-3 game.
Another two-out rally for the Cougars happened in the sixth when Fulmer singled, Grilli doubled to put runners at first and second, giving way to Julks -- who in his first at-bat of the game, drove in both runs to narrow the deficit to five at 10-5.
Memphis would extend its lead and add three more runs in the seventh on five hits and a solo homerun in the eighth would make it a 14-6 game.
Houston relievers seeing action out of the bullpen today were junior Patrick Weigel (3.0,6,3,3,1,1), senior Jared Robinson (2.2,5,3,3,0,3) and sophomore Marshall Kasowski (1.2,2,1,1,0,2). All three relieved Houston starter Kyle Dowdy (0.2,5,7,7,1,0), who suffered the loss -- allowing seven runs on five hits in 0.2 innings of work -- falling to 3-1 on the year.
Houston and Memphis will wrap up the three-game series on Saturday with a Noon first pitch.
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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