MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- No. 14 Houston Baseball saw its lead disappear as Memphis took advantage of four errors en route to a series win over the Cougars following a 6-2 victory on Saturday afternoon at FedExPark.
The loss dropped Houston to 21-11 on the year and 2-4 in American Athletic Conference play, while Memphis improved to 19-8 and 4-2 in league action.
The Houston offense was held to just six hits, led by junior Robert Grilli -- who had another two-hit day, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Junior Kyle Survance drove in both of the Cougars' runs on an RBI-single and sacrifice fly.
Adding to the hit column was junior Chris Iriart (1x4) with a double to extend his hit streak to 14 straight games, junior Ashford Fulmer, who recorded a bunt single and junior Jacob Campbell -- who opened the ninth with a leadoff single.
Freshman starter Seth Romero (7.1,7,6,1,1,6) suffered the tough loss, falling to 3-3 on the year as he struck out six and allowed just one earned run on seven hits in 7.1 innings of work.
Senior Aaron Garza (0.2,0,0,0,0,0) pitched the final two outs of the game.
Houston struck first when Grilli opened the third with a leadoff single, moved to second on a Fulmer bunt and scored on an RBI-single by Survance into right center.
Memphis responded in the latter half of the inning with a leadoff double, sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly to even the score at 1-1 after three complete innings.
Houston scored again in the fifth after it loaded the bases following a leadoff walk by Campbell and back-to-back bunt singles by Grilli and Fulmer. The sacrifice fly by Survance followed -- his second RBI of the game.
Memphis used one hit and took advantage of consecutive errors to open the frame to score four unearned runs on Romero in the bottom of the fifth, as the Tigers went ahead 5-2.
Iriart doubled off the wall and Montemayor walk to put runners at first and second in the top of the eighth, but Memphis was able to induce an inning-ending groundout to keep the Cougars off the board and down by three.
Memphis would use one run in the eighth to extend its lead by four at 6-2 following another Cougar error, which extended the inning, allowing a run to score on a sacrifice fly.
Tigers' starter Connor Alexander (7.0,4,2,2,2,7) picked up the win, improving to 4-0 on the season after allowing two runs on four hits in 7.0 innings, while fanning seven. Closer Nolan Blackwood (1.1,1,0,0,0,0) earned his 10th save of the year.
Houston will play its final road game of this eight-game road tour when it travels to Lafayette, La. to face Sun Belt foe, Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday. First pitch slated for 6 p.m. on ESPN3.com.
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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