HOUSTON -- No. 22 Houston Baseball fell in the American Athletic Conference series finale on Sunday, 3-1 to Tulane, but would win the weekend series at Cougar Field.
The loss dropped Houston to 23-13 on the year and 4-5 in league play, while Tulane improved to 22-14 and 3-6.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
5 -- Freshman Connor Wong belted his fifth homerun of the year -- second-most on the team.
26 -- Houston has now hit 26 homeruns as a team following Wong's homerun on Sunday
Houston's offense was held to just one run on two hits by Tulane starter Alex Massey (9.0,2,1,1,4,5), who was strong -- allowing just one run on a Connor Wong homerun, while going the distance for the Green Wave.
Wong belted his fifth homerun of the year and Houston's 26th of 2015 to erase a scoreless game for the Cougars in the seventh inning. The 26 homeruns this season are the most by a Houston team since the 2010 squad belted 44.
Junior Josh Vidales tallied the other lone Houston hit in the game.
On the afternoon, the Cougars hit into two double plays and drew four walks, but weren't able to muster up more than one run on Massey.
Senior starter Taylor Cobb (2.1,3,2,2,3,2), who suffered the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year after surrendering two runs on three hits and three walks.
The Houston bullpen tossed the final 6.2 innings, allowing just one run on four hits. Junior Patrick Weigel (4.0,1,1,1,2,2) allowed one run on one hit and two walks in 4.0 solid innings in relief, while freshman Seth Romero (0.2,3,0,0,0,0) pitched for two outs then handed the ball to senior Aaron Garza (2.0,0,0,0,0,3) who fanned three in 2.0 perfect innings for the Cougars.
Tulane took advantage of three consecutive walks in the first inning and capitalized with a two-out double to go ahead, 2-0 early on Houston.
The Green Wave added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI-single following a leadoff single and sacrifice bunt.
Houston will remain in the city and travel across Hwy. 288 to take on Rice for Game 2 of the Silver Glove Series at Reckling Park Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.riceowls.com.
The Cougars will then return to Cougar Field for a three-game weekend series vs. Cincinnati next weekend (April 17-19) with first pitch on Friday, slated for 6:30 p.m.
Single game tickets for the remaining 11 home games at Cougar Field can be purchased by clicking here: 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 offers 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.
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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