MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Highlighted by a grand slam from Joe Davis and a six-run fourth inning, Houston Baseball powered past Memphis, 13-3, in the American Athletic Conference series opener Thursday at FedExPark.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 24-9 overall and 5-2 in league play, while Memphis fell to 20-14 overall and 2-5 in American action following the loss. Houston has now won four straight American games.
The series between Memphis and Houston will continue Friday at 6:30 p.m. and wrap at 12 p.m. Saturday.
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- Corey Julks is riding a 17-game hit streak after his single in the fourth inning.
- The Cougars tallied their 17th game this season with 10 or more hits.
- Joe Davis belted his second career grand slam in the fourth inning.
- Jake Scheiner hit his conference-leading 12th home run of the year -- a solo shot in the second.
- Connor Wong hit his fifth home run of the year -- a solo shot in the third.
- Houston has now hit 28 total home runs and 12 in American Athletic Conference games.
- Trey Cumbie improved to 6-0 on the year in his eighth start.
Top Offensive Players
Joe Davis | 3x5, 2 R, 4 RBI, GS
Lael Lockhart Jr. | 4x5, 3 R, 3 2B
Jake Scheiner | 3x4, 2 R, RBI, HR, 2B
Connor Wong | 2x5, R, RBI, HR
Corey Julks | 1x4, R
Connor Hollis | 1x4, 2 R
Landon Etzel | 0x2, R, RBI
Wendell Champion II | 0x2, RBI, SF
Houston had another big offensive night, outhitting Memphis, 14-11 and out scoring the Tigers by 10 runs. Davis led the offense with four RBI on a grand slam and accompanied that long ball with two more base hits for a 3-for-5 effort.
Lael Lockhart Jr. had a career-ngiht at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three doubles and three runs scored. He was accompanied with a multi-hit game by Jake Scheiner, who went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, thanks to his 12th home run of the year and Connor Wong, who was 2-for-5 with a run and RBI on a home run.
Houston starter Trey Cumbie was lights out in his final 7.0 innings of work as the sophomore moved to 6-0 on the year following his win on Thursday.
Cumbie allowed three runs on nine hits, but that was all in an 8.0 inning performance, which featured six strikeouts.
The Lufkin, Texas native retired 14 straight Memphis hitters from the final out of the second until the second batter in the seventh, which included five strikeouts and a third inning where he struck out the side. The three runs came on six hits in the first inning.
Cumbie handed the ball over to sophomore Nolan Bond in the ninth and he kept the Tigers off the scoreboard, limiting them to just two hits in the final frame.
1st | Memphis came out swinging and produced three runs on six hits and stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the first.
2nd | The Cougars would begin chipping away at Memphis' lead with a run in the second thanks to a leadoff home run by Scheiner -- his conference-leading 12th long ball of the year.
3rd | Houston narrowed Memphis' lead by one with another solo home run, this time by Wong -- his fifth of the year to make it a 3-2 game in the third.
4th | The fourth inning proved to be huge for the Cougars as they went on to plate six runs on three hits, highlighted by a grand slam by Davis -- for his fifth home run of the year. The inning began with a Julks walk and with one out, Lockhart doubled to put runners at second and third. Hollis then walked to load the bases. Etzel ground to first and a misplayed ball brought in two runs to put the Cougars ahead, 4-3. With two outs, the inning continued as Grayson Padgett walked to reload the bases for Davis -- who made it quickly, 8-3.
5th | Houston added to its lead with a pair of runs in the fifth. Lockhart led off the frame with a double down the right field line and moved to third on a bunt single by Hollis. With two on and 0 outs, Champion drove in Lockhart on a sacrifice fly to left field and Hollis eventually came around to score on a throwing error on a Padgett grounder.
7th | The Cougars plated another run in the seventh as Lockhart scored following his third double of the night. He came around when Wong reached on an infield single and Memphis threw the ball away to make it 11-3.
8th | Two more runs come across for the Cougars in the eighth thanks to back-to-back singles by Davis and Scheiner to open the frame. The two came around to score on a wild pitch and sacrifice fly by Triolo, respectively to make it 13-3.
Memphis fell to 20-14 overall and 2-5 in league play. The Tigers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but wasn't able to continue the scoring, as they were held scoreless in the final 8.0 innings.
Memphis starter Alex Hicks suffered the loss, allowing eight runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. The Tigers tallied 11 hits, led by Chris Carrier's two hits and RBI.
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