LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Houston Baseball wasn't able to overcome an early four-run deficit, falling 4-1 at McNeese State Tuesday evening in non-conference action.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 17-11 on the year, while McNeese State improved to 15-11 with the win.
Houston will return home to host UCF in an American Athletic Conference weekend series at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series will continue at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and wrap at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Friday, April 8 - 6:30 p.m.
Friday Frenzy: $1 popcorn, $2 hot dogs, $3 sodas, $4 beers* (must be 21 years)
Saturday, April 9 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday Bingo: Play Bingo, Win Prizes.
Sunday, April 10 - 1:00 p.m. -- Bark at the Park -- Presented by Fritz Kennel
First 250 dogs inside the park = Go Coogs! Doggy Bandana
Sunday Kids Day: Kids Zone with inflatables, Kids Run the Bases, Postgame Autographs
The Houston offense was held to just four hits vs. the Cowboys, led by sophomore Connor Wong, who tripled and scored the Cougars' lone run. Senior Michael Pyeatt tallied two hits and freshman Joe Davis had the other lone base knock.
McNeese State uses three hits and a Houston error in the bottom of the first to take an early 3-0 lead. The Cowboys opened the game with a leadoff single, went up 1-0 on an RBI-double and later plated a run on a sacrifice fly and fielder's choice.
The Cowboys would extend their lead with a run in the third inning following a leadoff double, ground ball and sacrifice fly.
Starter John King allowed a leadoff single in the fourth and would hand the ball to freshman teammate Trey Cumbie where he would retire the Cowboys in order and send the Cougars back to bat, trailing 4-0.
Houston's Wong led off the top of the fifth with a leadoff triple -- his first of the year -- and would later come around to score on a one-out RBI-groundout to shortstop by sophomore Clay Casey.
Cumbie (3.2,2,0,0,1,2) finished the day with a solid 3.2 innings in relief, allowing just two hits and one walk with two strikeouts, while managing to keep the Cowboys off the board.
Junior Nick Hernandez (1.1,0,0,0,0,4) came in to finish the game, striking out all four hitters he faced.
King (3.0,5,4,3,0,2) would suffer the loss, falling to 3-3 on the year after surrendering four runs, three earned on five hits in 3.0 innings.
McNeese Starter Austin Sanders (7.0,3,1,1,1,5) struck out five and allowed just one run on three hits and one walk in 7.0 innings to move to 2-2 on the year.
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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.
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BUY SEASON/ SINGLE-GAME / GROUP TICKETS
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.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season baseball home games with a valid student ID.
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