LAFAYETTE, La. - Louisiana-Lafayette rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to upset No. 22 Houston Baseball, 6-5, on Tuesday evening at ML `Tigue' Moore Field in Lafayette, La.
With the loss, the Cougars' record falls to 21-12 on the year, while ULL improves to 17-13 with the win. Houston will return home for its first weekend series at Cougar Field in over a month when it welcomes Tulane to town for a three-game series, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Cougars will look to snap its three-game skid.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
7 - With his sixth-inning walk, Robert Grilli has now reached base in seven straight games.
7 - Ashford Fulmer singled in the eighth to extend his hit streak to seven consecutive games.
15 - With Chris Iriart's RBI-single in the first, he now has hit safely in 15 straight games.
18 - Chris Iriart now rides an 18-game on-base streak.
Houston tallied 10 hits on the evening and rode the arm of senior Taylor Cobb, but a three-run ninth-inning rally by the Ragin' Cajuns proved to be enough to erase the Cougars' 5-3 lead with two outs to play.
Leading the way offensively for Houston was junior Ian Rice, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Junior Kyle Survance paced the team with three hits, while scoring two runs and swiping his 20th stolen base of the year.
Junior Josh Vidales went 2-for-4 with two runs, while juniors Chris Iriart (1x3, R, RBI) and Jacob Campbell (0x2, RBI, SF) each drove in a run. Freshman Zac Taylor (1x1) and junior Ashford Fulmer (1x4) each added to the hit column.
Cobb (4.1,5,1,1,1,3) came out of the bullpen and held ULL to just one run on five hits and one walk in 4.1 innings with three strikeouts. He relieved Houston starter David Longville (4.0,5,3,3,1,3) who went 4.0 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
Senior Aaron Garza (0.0,1,1,1,0,0) suffered the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year.
Houston struck first with three runs in the opening frame. Survance led off with a bunt single, moved to third on a deep single off the right field wall by Vidales. Iriart would plate Survance on an RBI-single to centerfield, extending his on-base streak to 18 consecutive games.
Campbell would move the runners up a base on a sacrifice bunt, giving way to Rice, who drove in both of the runners on a clutch, two-out single to make it 3-0 Houston.
Louisiana-Lafayette used a leadoff single and a two-out double to cut the Cougars' lead, but Longville was able to escape with a final groundout, stranding a runner at second.
With one out in the fourth, the Ragin' Cajuns tied the game following a single and two-run homerun - making it 3-3.
All tied up, Cobb took over for Longville and worked around a one-out double to keep UL off the board in his first full inning of work.
Vidales opened the sixth with a leadoff single - his second hit of the game. Campbell and Rice would follow with walks to load the bases and Vidales would take advantage of wild pitch to go ahead 4-3.
UL looked to have the momentum when it opened the latter half of the sixth with a walk and single with no outs. Rice, behind the plate, would pick off the runner for the first out of the inning. With two outs, the Ragin' Cajuns drove a pitch into the right center gap, and they attempted to score from first, but the Cougars used a Fulmer to Vidales to Rice putout to keep Houston ahead at 4-3 heading into the seventh.
After two scoreless frames, Houston would tack on another run to go up by two at 5-3. Survance opened the ninth with a single, moved to second on the sacrifice bunt by Vidales. ULL decided to intentionally walk Iriart, but Survance then stole third base - his 20th stolen base of the year to put runners at the corners with one out. Campbell plated Survance on a sacrifice fly for the 5-3 lead.
Cobb returned in the ninth and with one out after retiring the first hitter, allowed a base hit. Houston made a pitching change to freshman Aaron Fletcher. A walk followed and then another pitching change. A single through the left side with runners in motion on a 3-2 count would make it a 5-4 game with one out. A fielder's choice bunt that was midhandled scored the tying run for the Ragin' Cajuns and then an RBI-double off junior Kyle Dowdy scored the winning run on the walkoff in the ninth.
ULL reliever Wyatt Marks (2.0,3,1,1,1,1) picked up the win out of the bullpen, improving to 2-0 on the year. The Ragin' Cajuns finished with 12 hits, led by Greg Davis' 2-for-4 effort with a run and two RBI, including a homerun.
Houston will return to Cougar Field and host its first weekend series at home in a month when it welcomes American Athletic Conference foe, Tulane in for a three-game set, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series will continue on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and wrap on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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).
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.
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